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At The Vet

by Shirley Morse Napier
(Toccoa, GA 30577 USA)

Shirley Morse Napier

Shirley Morse Napier

My name is Shirley Morse Napier. I modeled in the painting, At the Vet, when I was a junior at Bennington High School, Bennington, Vermont.


My English teacher and her husband are in the painting at well.

I have a note Mr. Rockwell sent me a few years before he passed away. I have cherished the memory of having met this amazing man who was not only talented, was kind and personable, a people person.

Shirley Napier, Toccoa, GA.

From Keith:
Shirley, thanks you for that wonderful entry.

I am having difficulty deciding which character you modeled. Which one is you?

Also what were the names of your English teacher and her husband?

Do you remember any of the other models for the painting?

It must have been truly remarkable to have posed for Norman Rockwell. How many pictures did you pose for? How many photographs did he take of you?

Please tell me more, whatever you can remember.

Thank you again!

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May 14, 2015
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by: Shirley Morse Napier Baker

I am Shirley Morse Napier Baker, as the model in the red suit, red hat, with the Rissian hound by my side. The lady to the right of me is, Mrs. Shipp, my English teacher at Bennington High School, Vermont.
The man in the left backround with a cigarette is Mr. Ship. The red hat I am wearing was made by, Mrs. Williams, who had a millinary shop in Bennington. Her husband was the coach at the high school. I still have the hat. I now reside at Stone Mountain, Ga, 30083.

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At The Vet
by: Shirley Napier

I am thelady with blonde hair and the red suit, with the Russian Hound next to me. The coat belonged to Mrs. Rockwell. I still have the hat that was made by Mrs. Williams, the wife of the coach at Bennington High School. She had a millinary (sp) shop. The lady to the the right of me is Mrs. Shipp, my English teacher. Her husband is on the left with a cigarette. I cannont remember how many photos were taken. I was paid $10.00 by check. Mr. and Mrs. Shipp drove me to the studio which was a remodeled barn. I cannot tell you the names of the other people in the painting. They were not there the same time I was. Sometime later, Mr. Rockwell stopped by my home, I was not there at the time. My Mom said she was just setting the table for supper. He joined them for the meal. I hate it that I missed that. I more than likely was at our local airport taking some flying lessons from Robbie Sausville, a former WWII pilot and manager of the facility.
I can tell you that the covered bridge close to the former Rockwell Home survived the hurricane, Irene last week. The home is now a bed and breakfast inn. America has changed. The life we lived back in the fifties are unknown to this generation...to think of all the wonderful way of life captured in Mr. Rockwell's paintings exist to show at time to be remembered. Shirley Napier, Toccoa, GA.

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