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This picture is all wrong.The cats would be trying to hop on the map in his lap or under the newspapers scraping (HEY!!!"BOTHOF YOU...!")Don't ask me how I know.
Note the reason he's charting war maneuvers: He's got three sons in the war.There's a show of Rockwells from the collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg coming up at the Smithsonian in July, 2010. I hear Rockwell's originals aren't as good as the reproductions but I'm looking forward to seeing for myself.
With three sons in the military you can bet he was following the news every single day. My grandparents (mother's side) had three blue stars in their window and my grandfather had a globe on the dining room table.
Even the cats have joined in the war effort by not molesting the maps. He looks more armchair general than concerned parent. The big pictures of Mac and Ike. The Clausewitz style self drawn tactical map. The stogie.
I thought that was a foto there for a second
I'm put in mind of Sandburg's, Buttons BUTTONS I HAVE been watching the war map slammed up for advertising in front of the newspaper office. Buttons--red and yellow buttons--blue and black buttons-- are shoved back and forth across the map. A laughing young man, sunny with freckles, Climbs a ladder, yells a joke to somebody in the crowd, And then fixes a yellow button one inch west And follows the yellow button with a black button one inch west. (Ten thousand men and boys twist on their bodies in a red soak along a river edge, Gasping of wounds, calling for water, some rattling death in their throats.) Who would guess what it cost to move two buttons one inch on the war map here in front of the newspaper office where the freckle-faced young man is laughing to us?
"Note the reason...?"I don't think Norm's "subtleties" ever got by anyone.
I wasn't mentioning it for you, Mac. But plenty of people these days -- maybe not so many who read this blog -- don't know about service flags. Also, not everyone in the world is American and will get what's going on in this distinctly American painting.
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