iconic as the scenes he portrayed, Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)
charmed the country for decades with his idealized depictions
of American life in magazines, calendars, and advertisements.
Best known for painting more than 300 covers for The Saturday
Evening Post, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
has twice been commemorated on U.S. postage—in 1994 and
2001—and several of his famous paintings have been used
to honor various subjects, from the Peace Corps to Tom Sawyer.
However, he also contributed original art to the stamp program,
an appropriate honor for an artist whose name is synonymous with
portraying the best aspects of American life.