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by Dave Andel
(Lawrenceville, Georgia)

I bought a copy of this painting for my wife.


When we applied for our marriage license in 1979 in a small town in Connecticut, the license office didn't look too different from this one. Also my wife wore a dress very similar to the one the girl is wearing in this painting.

In 1955 an office like this was mainstream for small town New England.

Keith's comments:
Hi Dave. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Norman Rockwell composed, photographed and painted this scene. This scenario was, as you observed, a very commonplace occurence in small town New England in 1955 when it was published on the Saturday evening Post cover. It is still common, and only the setting has changed.

One observation that I have is that since you were married in 1979, it is possible that your parents or your wife's parents could very well have been contemporaries of the couple shown in the painting. They may have very well seen this painting on the Post cover about the time they were completing the same procedure. I know that my parents were doing the same about this same time.

Once more, thanks for taking the time to comment.

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