Something Fun for the Weekend

NPR had a piece this morning on an exhibit that just opened at the Smithsonian called Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.  If you are in the D.C. area, the exhibit is running until January. It sounds like they are making some interesting connections between the American movie-makers and the quintessential painter of Americana.

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AAS may not have any Norman Rockwell paintings, but we do have the stereograph above that looks like it could have been one of Rockwell’s images.  Apparently Rockwell would “cast” his neighbors as characters in his scenes, select the appropriate props, and then take a photograph of the scene.  He then used the photo as the model for his oil paintings. So this barbershop image really could almost be a Rockwell!

The time is right for another What-Caption-Would-You-Write contest.   Reply with your best comment on our barber image and we’ll select the funniest caption to highlight next week. Have fun!

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Elizabeth Watts Pope

Curator of Books, American Antiquarian Society

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