Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Norman Rockwell Kind of Thanksgiving.

When I was a little girl I had a Norman Rockwell book. The book was enormous and very heavy (for a little girl). I think the book may have had a holiday theme because I remember lots of Santas and family gatherings and food. I used to open the book to any random page stare at one picture for what seemed like hours and hours. There is so much detail, so much life in every image. I didn't know what nostalgia was back then, but even as a little girl I knew that Rockwell was capturing something idyllic and even magical about life. This Thanksgiving I hope everyone finds themselves surrounded by that Norman Rockwell magic; by family, friends, good food, and so much LOVE.

"Freedom From Want" was first published in March 1943, part of a set of paintings called "The Four Freedoms"

Norman Rockwell's Ye Glutton (1923)
Rockwell represents one of the consequences of overeating: public ridicule.

One of many Rockwell paintings on the theme of war.

The Saturday Evening Post Cover- November 27, 1943

The Thanksgiving 1921 edition of The Country Gentleman brings us the tradition of the wishbone with the Rockwell treatment.

This was the first of two Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving illustrations to appear on the cover of The Literary Digest, November 22, 1919

And my all time favorite Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving.....

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