Rockwell Draws the Common Cold

In 1945, Norman Rockwell devoted two whole pages of The Saturday Evening Post to the most common of afflictions: the lowly cold.

Woman sitting in bed, wiping her nose. She is dealing with the common cold.
(Norman Rockwell / SEPS)

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We drink plenty of liquids, wash our hands, avoid crowds, and what happens? In spite of every precaution almost all of us sooner or later come down with a common cold. In these sketches Norman Rockwell shows that this uncommonly annoying affliction succeeds in ruffling our dignity and spoiling our fun.

First page for The Common Cold, by Norman Rockwell
Read “The Common Cold” by Norman Rockwell from the January 27, 1945, issue of the Post. Subscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

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  1. I want to read this ’45 feature, but (for now) my computer’s not allowing me to access the link. From the main picture above, I see a young woman in a daze of disbelief looking at the dress and shoes she’s not going to get to wear for the special occasion she was really looking forward to, due to the cold.

    Just getting over one myself, they’re a total drag. They can also come back if you’re not careful. What’s working for me to stay well is continuing to take 1000 mg capsules of vitamin C every few hours, an Ultimate Immunity tablet (by Nature’s Way) 2-3 times a day, fresh-squeezed lemon and orange juice, electrolytes, and/or electrolyte alkaline water.

    Order yourself some Ahmad Tea from London online. The Peach & Passion Fruit is incredible!! A little sugar in the raw is a nice add, but if you’re in a pinch, help yourself to some packets at Starbucks! Gargle with the gold (bad tasting) Listerine, but get the generic version at the Dollar Tree. Do so even if you don’t have a sore throat, and get more sleep. If you feel you need to go to the doctor’s though, definitely get checked out asap.


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