Archive Tuesday

We are getting very excited for Jim “Lucky” Ball – he will be performing his Sword Swallowing Routine on Saturday, February 28th at 2:15 pm –

While going through our archives – we found this photograph from 1973 – when the Circus made a visit to Oakley !circus 001

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Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #28

Happy New Year, 1945

Happy New Year by Norman Rockwell

The alternative title to this painting is, “Party’s Over

Happy New Year, was the 10th cover work for Norman and the Saturday Evening Post.

The lone man in the painting, is the waiter, looking at the huge mess he now how to clean up. This was the first “New Year” after the end of World War II. The waiter was portrayed by Anton Ashenbrenner.

The original oil on canvas’ location is unknown.

Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #24

Williw Gillis: New Year’s Eve

Willie Gillis: New Year's Eve by Norman Rockwell

This painting by Norman Rockwell, appeared on the January 1st, 1944 edition of the Saturday Evening Post. This was his first cover of 1944, he had a total of nine covers that year.

This cover was also the 9th cover in the Willie Gillis series.

Norman’s classic “New Year’s Eve” shows Willie’s faithful girlfriend sound asleep on New Year’s Eve. She is portrayed by Rockwell as the All-American girl many servicemen wish they had waiting for them at home. On her bed is a note that appears to be from her sweetheart, the envelope is on the floor, showing Willie’s name and return address APO.

Willie’s girlfriend was modeled by Mead Schaeffer’s daughter Patty.

Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #20

Willie Gillis USO, 1942

Willie Gillis: USO by Norman Rockwell

Willie Gillis USO, Norman Rockwell’s 205th overall cover work for the Saturday Evening Post was published on February 7th, 1942. This artwork is also known as “Willie Gillis at the USO“.

This was Norman’s first cover in 1942.

This is the third edition of the Norman Rockwell Willis Gillis series. In total, there were eleven images in the Willis Gillis series, appearing on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post and one illustration was featured inside the magazine.

Make sure you read our blog post for January 7th – it will feature information on the Willis Gillis Series by Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #16

Little Boy Writing Letter, 1920

Little Boy Writing Letter by Norman Rockwell

The alternative title for this painting is, “Dear Sweetheart” or “Penpals

This painting was Rockwell’s twenty-sixth overall picture featured on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post and his first cover in 1920. Norman Rockwell had a total of 11 covers in 1920.

The original oil on canvas, measuring 26 inches by 23 inches, is owned in a private collection.

Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #15

Christmas: Santa Claus Reading Mail

Santa Reading Mail by Norman Rockwell 1935

This cover is also known as “Santa at his Desk” and “Letters to Santa

This painting was the sixth time that Norman Rockwell featured Santa on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
The original painting, oil on canvas, measured 35 inches by 27 inches, and is currently owned in a private collection.

The original painting sold for $657,000 on November 28, 2007 at auction by Sotheby’s in New York City. The sale exceeded its pre-auction estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.

Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #13

“Grandfather and Boy on Rocking Horse”, 1933

Grandfather and Boy on Rocking Horse by Norman Rockwell 1933

The alternate title for this painting is just Rocking Horse;

Although “Rocking Horse” and “Grandfather and Boy on Rocking Horse“,i t is commonly referred to and widely known as “Gramps and the rocking horse”

Norman painted a total of 6 covers for the Saturday Evening Post in 1933, this one being his sixth and final for the year.

On the original magazine, “The Story of My Life” By Marie, Queen of Romania, is featured on the cover as well as the article featured inside this December 16th, 1933 publication. Marie of Romania (as she was commonly known as) was the last Queen of consort of Romania, wife of Ferdinand I. She died in 1937.