The Saturday Evening Post cover, May 20, 1916.
Norman Rockwell's very first cover for the Saturday Evening Post cover, for which he was paid $75 in 1916. He wrote, " In those days the cover of the Post was the greatest show window in America for an illustrator. If you did a cover for the Post you had arrived... Two million subscribers and then their wives, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, friends. Wow! All looking at my cover."
Over the next 47 years, millions of Americans brought Rockwell's art into their homes, enjoying his covers and interior illustrations while seated in their favorite chairs, surrounded by their families. This intimate connection with Rockwell's art made his images part of the fabric of American lives for decades to come.