Saturday Evening Post cover March 6, 1948.
After relocating from New Rochelle, NY, to Arlington, VT, in 1941. With professional models not so readily available, Rockwell began using his neighbors as inspiration for his illustrated stories. Every few weeks his neighbors began appearing as subjects on such Post covers as The Gossips, which appeared in March 1948. Rockwell includes himself in this sequential story as the subject of the characters' conversation.
The New-York Historical Society exhibition, Rockwell, Roosevelt, & the Four Freedoms is the inspiration for the NYHistory Store's merchandise. The traveling exhibition, which was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, explores how Rockwell’s 1943 paintings—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want—gave visual voice to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s call to the defense of freedom worldwide and took their place among the most enduring images in the history of American art. On view through September 2, 2018.