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Norman and the Saturday Evening Post

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On this wonderful Interlude through New England you will find much to amaze and delight you. On your way to Lake Placid, you will visit the former home and studio of Norman Rockwell and gain an in-depth understanding of his relationship with this beautiful part of the country. While there, you’ll spend some time in a museum devoted to the Saturday Evening Post covers he brilliantly painted for decades. You’ll also enjoy city tours, amazing color and so much more.  New England in the Fall equals magnificent!

The Saturday Evening Post was published weekly in the United States from August 4, 1821 to February 8, 1969 and monthly afterward. It was on the cover of The Post that Norman Rockwell earned his reputation as an artist and became an American icon. The popularity of his illustrations helped make the Post the magazine America read – it was a perfect marriage! Both Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post became fixtures in American homes during the first half of the Twentieth Century.

Would you believe that he was paid $75.00 each for two of his two first paintings? $150.00 in 1916 dollars would be almost $3000 at today’s values; not bad for a virtually unknown 18 year old artist! All in all, more than 300 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers were published and Rockwell gained the admiration of the average American from coast to coast!

From his first appearance on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1916, he enchanted his viewers, frustrated his critics and totally delighted the collective American funny bone.  He painted life as he wished it really was: happy children, engaged parents and grandparents, good clean fun. His talent took the ordinary situation and made it seem extraordinary. Almost always relevant, his work pointed to some current event, taking a playful look at it from a unique perspective making his efforts literally speak to us.

The very first Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover was published May 20, 1916. His Boy with Baby Carriage, features two boys in baseball uniforms scoffing at another boy dressed in his Sunday suit pushing a baby carriage. Interestingly, Billy Paine, one of Rockwell’s favorite models, posed for all three boys. When Boy with Baby Carriage became an instant success, Rockwell was on his way to becoming a household name and the Saturday Evening Post became a very popular household magazine. On June 3, 1916, the second Saturday Evening Post Rockwell cover was published. His second effort featured a kid’s circus with one kid in long underwear being the strongman. Another kid in a top hat was the circus barker, extolling the other kids in the painting to see the show. It was The Circus Barker and the Strongman that cemented Rockwell’s position as the favorite artist at the Post. Another of his early endeavors was Gramps at the Plate which was redone five times before the publisher was happy with it!

The last Saturday Evening Post Norman Rockwell cover was in remembrance after his death in 1978. The illustration featured was a portion of his famous Triple Self-Portrait – be sure to look for it at the museum. This cover was published in February 1979 as a tribute to the artist who had done so much for the Post and for whom the Post had done so much. Norman Rockwell captured Americana in his own unique and very special way. Yet today, when you see his work – you immediately recognize it.

Please read the attached itinerary and plan to get to know Norman Rockwell through the legacy of his art while enjoying the place where he lived, worked and played. This is one Interlude you don’t want to miss.  Plan now and make your reservations.

Norman Rockwell’s New England  – 9 Days, 8 nights (click here for details)

Eadie, Interlude Blog Team

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