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My Mom the model

by Paul Thwaite
(West Bloomfield, MI)

Yes, I know the model in the blue housecoat - she is my mom!


Mom was 13 at the time and lived in New Rochelle, NY where Norman Rockwell's studio was at the time. One of Rockwell's photographers had taken a picture of my mom that Rockwell picked for this cover.

She posed twice in his studio while he sketched the outlines of the cover. She remembers it well because there was a plywood board under that patchwork quilt which made kneeling for too long quite uncomfortable.

She never got Rockwell to sign a copy of the cover, however, which she later regretted once he had grown in popularity. The original of this cover sold at auction last year for over $1 million, so my mom is a million dollar cover girl!!

From Keith: Thanks for this lengthy explanation. Do you have a photo you can post? We would all love to see one!

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Names of people "At The Vet" The Vet"
by: Shirley Morse Napier Baker

I am now the proud owner of the entire Post magazine in pristine condition..March 1952.."At the Vet", thanks to my husband, Virgil Baker.

Dec 09, 2011
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At The Vet Picture
by: Shirley Morse Napier

Interesting about "My Mom the Model"
I am curious about my situation:

I modeled for the "At The Vet" in 1952.

I still have the original Post Cover (folded, not in mint shape, I also have the hat worn in the painting that was made by the coaches' wife from my high school. The Post cover is under the frame of the autographed note I received from Mr. Rockwell. I doubt they are of any financial value, but I value them highly.

Shirley Napier

Dec 08, 2011
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What kind?
by: Keith

I was referring to a photograph, either older when your Mom was posing for Rockwell or newer. It would be neat to see how closely Rockwell painted your mother to her actual looks. Sometimes, he took artistic license with his subjects. Just curious about how closely he painted your Mom.

Dec 08, 2011
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Question by Keith
by: Anonymous

What kind of picture are you referring to?

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