Norman Rockwell Paints America at the Polls

In 1944, Norman Rockwell created a series of illustrations that depicted one man’s decision making process on election day.

A voting booth

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This description and illustrations appeared in the November 4, 1944, issue of the Post.

It would be hard to name anything more thoroughly American than the grand and glorious event which takes place on a certain Tuesday of every fourth November. To portray this national phenomenon, to capture its traditional spirit, we could think of no living artist better equipped with native understanding than Norman Rockwell. In his search for a truly representative background, Rockwell went straight to the heart of America; specifically, to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. By the time his pictorial preview was completed, he had created a new character: The human, likable citizen who adorns these pages and the cover of this Post. We have christened him Junius P. Wimple. You will, we hope, see more of him in Posts to come.

Rockwell, we reasoned, always knows his characters through and through. As Wimple’s creator, he knows how Wimple thinks, feels—and votes. Therefore, why not trick the artist into revealing Wimple’s secret, and thus learn the outcome of the election before it takes place? So we wired Rockwell: “Which one is Wimple voting for?” Promptly, the guileless artist answered by wire, collect: “For the winner.”

Man trying to decide who to vote for at the voting booth
(Norman Rockwell / © SEPS)

 

Voters checking in at their polling place
(Norman Rockwell / © SEPS)

 

A family discussing an upcoming election.
(Norman Rockwell / © SEPS)

 

A voting booth
(Norman Rockwell / © SEPS)

 

Campaign workers offering a man a cigar outside a polling place
(Norman Rockwell / © SEPS)

 

Man in a voting booth deciding whom to vote for
(Norman Rockwell / © SEPS)

 

Voters throw a party after their man won an election
(Norman Rockwell / © SEPS)

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