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Friday, May 20, 2011

Rockwell and Lindbergh

I Love History !

So for those who follow my posts for any thing length of time you will get sporadic history lessons.  I can't help it!!

Today in History
May 20, 1916  The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover with a painting by Norman Rockwell - Boy with Baby Carriage.  Art critics of the day dismissed Rockwell's paintings as not serious art and considered him more of an illustrator.  America growing up seeing his art on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post over the next forty seven years would fall in love with his work and remember his pictures as snapshots of the Good Ole Days of America in her prime.  He became their top cover artist until 1963.  His most famous cover, Rosie the Riveter, appeared in May of 1943.  I read that when Norman Rockwell went some where on vacation with his family he would find a local studio and ask to paint and work there during his vacation.  Now that's a passion for what your doing!

Also today in history, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, NY, on the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  He would return to earth again at Le Bourget Field in Paris the next day.  He was equipped with 4 sandwiches, two canteens of water and became an instant hero when he landed to a crowd of 100,000.  He later received the largest ticker-tape parade ever.  He lived long enough to be friends with the first man to ever fly an airplane, and also befriend the first man who ever set foot on the moon within his own life time.  He is buried on the island of Maui, U.S.A.

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