Though January Jones' turn as Betty Draper certainly plays a part, few individuals can claim more of a hand in shaping Americans' perception of everyday life in the mid-20th century as Norman Rockwell. The painter's idyllic scenes often put a rosy-cheeked face on the world back then, but his work —in particular illustrations he did for The Post — could also be thought-provoking and even shocking in its day. Today we're indulging in a little nostalgia or the holidays with a look back at the photos that served as reference for some of Rockwell's most famous images.
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"The Dugout" was a 1948 cover for The Post. According to the magazine's website, "at a game in Boston, Rockwell and a Post art editor strode onto the field and chose people to sit above the Cubs’ dugout. The artist would point to a spectator and contort his face into a gleeful or disgusted look asking the fan to emulate him while a photographer snapped them."
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As you can see, Rockwell added both the woman's smirk and the man's black eye. According to The Rockwell Center, over 70 photographic studies were made for this painting, using a variety of different models.
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