Find Local Dining
Events & Entertainment
Local Movie Listings
User Photo Galleries

Local
Election 2008
Ohio
Obituaries
Sports
Lifestyle
Entertainment
Financial
RepBlogs
Special Reports
US & World News
Opinion
Real Estate
Rep Columnists
Shopping
Photo Gallery
Newspaper Info

The Times-Reporter
The Independent
The Suburbanite


AP Video
AP Travel

Registered Users
Click here to login
Update Information
Not Registered?
Sign up for free!

The Repository Blogs



Lifestyle
Size:
A Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving
Monday, November 13, 2006
Linda Rosenkrantz
Copley News Service
Multimedia

Advertisement


Lifestyle Headlines
Uncle Sam's tax rebates help fund faith projects
Philanthropist's book took years of research
Shalom TV offered by Time Warner
What role does religion play in health?
Church services
Vacation Bible Schools
Social notes
Religion briefs
Bibles to Baghdad: Effort makes connection with Marine

Recent Headlines
Green space: Sedum is a prolific ground cover, offers flowers
Tell me about it: Stop sister's demands by saying no; don't apologize
Family Doctor: Niacin is easy to find over the counter
Helpful hints: Keeping cooler food cold, dry
When you go, now you can go green
Who, me, old?: Health issues being ignored
Tour through history
Web safety tips
Talk like a local
Garden tip
Friendly advice
Consider carefully the use of rubber mulches in garden
Your vegetable garden can be beautiful, too
Finding beauty in moonscape

Bridal Information

Special Forms
Anniversary Form
Engagement Form
Wedding Form
Weddings By Design Planner Form


Like a "Hallmark" Christmas, a "Norman Rockwell" Thanksgiving conjures up images of family togetherness, peace and plenty. The scene drawn by America's leading commercial artist to illustrate one of President Roosevelt's Four Freedoms, "Freedom from Want" depicted an older couple placing a fat turkey on a table surrounded by their eager, smiling family.

Painted in 1943 in the throes of World War II, it presented an idyllic image of the kind of unity and abundance projected for the post-war future - an image that would endure and be reproduced endlessly.

The Four Freedoms paintings were inspired by some celebrated remarks made in the president's State of the Union address to the 77th Congress on Jan. 6, 1941, in which he said, "We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms" people everywhere in the world ought to enjoy - namely freedom of speech and expression, freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, freedom from want and freedom from fear. The four Rockwell paintings they inspired were published in The Saturday Evening Post in February and March of 1943, accompanied by essays on each of the freedoms.

After their publication, the Office of War decided to tour the original paintings around the country to help sell war bonds. Over the next few weeks, they were seen by 1,222,000 people and were instrumental in raising more than $132 million in sales of war bonds, and were also reproduced as U.S. postage stamps.

Norman Rockwell was born in New York on Feb. 3, 1894, studying in that city's Chase Art School, the National Academy of Design and the Arts Students League. Firmly focused on an art career from a young age, he began having drawings published in Boys' Life magazine while he was still a student, and soon became art director of that publication.

At the time, getting a cover on the Saturday Evening Post was the aspiration of every commercial artist, and Rockwell was no exception. His goal was achieved in 1916 when he went to Philadelphia to show his work to the editor, who immediately accepted two covers and commissioned an additional three, thus initiating a relationship that was to last almost a half-century, ending in 1963, when the Post stopped using paintings on its covers.

Rockwell's enormous appeal derives from his enormous technical skill - his original canvases are being increasingly appreciated, with prices rising accordingly - but also from his warm, highly detailed depictions of 50 years of American life, both the milestones and the mundane, ranging from a 1918 depiction of a mother holding back tears as her son gets his first barbershop haircut, to a famous 1945 GI homecoming scene, to several JFK portraits in the 1960s.

Rockwell's idealized Thanksgiving scene became a ubiquitous image, seen in a wide variety of formats, all accessible to the collector. First of all, there are the original Government Printing Office posters of the Four Freedoms, measuring 28 by 20 inches, and the U.S. Post Office postage stamps.

In addition, there is a set of bas-relief copper plaques mounted on wooden boards that were awarded by the Post's publisher to schools selling large numbers of savings bonds; a set of 3-inch coffee tins and another 6-inch tin with the words "Saturday Evening Post, March 6, 1943;" a 750-piece panoramic jigsaw puzzle of the Four Freedoms; a 1976 Danbury Mint dinner bell; a limited-edition, 10-inch plate made by Gorham the same year; a 1983 brown transferware "Freedom from Want" pie plate with the legend "The Warmest of Holiday Traditions;" and a series of Four Freedoms place mats. And yes, you can even find a Norman Rockwell "Freedom from Want" T-shirt.

Linda Rosenkrantz has edited Auction magazine and authored 15 books, including "Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana: What to Name Your Baby Now" (St. Martin's Press; $13). She cannot answer letters personally.

© Copley News Service

Visit Copley News Service at www.copleynews.com.


  Rep Readers' Choices
Would you recommend this story to other readers?
not at all 1 2 3 4 5 highly
 


  Comment on this story
After signing in, type in the box below to comment on this story.
You must be a registered user to post comments. Your comment will be published at the bottom of the story. Once a comment is submitted, you will not be able to edit or delete the comment.


Before diving in to post a comment, be sure to read and follow the pool rules.

Pool Rules

1. Keep it clean.
2. Stay on topic.
3. Be honest and accurate.
4. Don't threaten anyone. It's against the law and bad manners.
5. No personal attacks. Don't bash anyone based on their race, creed, heritage, or orientation.
6. Don't say anything here you wouldn't say in front of your mother at the dinner table.
7. Email us at newsroom@cantonrep.com when you spot a rule violation. (Don't report comments just because you disagree.)

Participation is subject to our terms of use. By commenting, you agree to be bound by these terms.


Sign In to comment.
E-mail

Password


Non-Registered Users Click Here
Lost Password?

We require our readers to register and receive a password to comment on our site. Registration is free.
Our privacy policy remains in effect. We will not sell or provide reader information to anyone outside our building.

 


© 2008 The Repository
Have a question and/or comment about this site?
E-mail us at: newsroom@cantonrep.com




  The Repository
Advertising
Place Classified
Make Payment