Norman Rockwell Christmas Gallery, Page 2
In Chronological Order: 1920 Through 1929
Norman Rockwell Christmas paintings publication really accelerated during the 1920's.
Several years during this decade, there were several Rockwell's published. Some years, several were even seen on the same publication date.
This is the second page of the chronological list. This page will probably be the longest.
Norman Rockwell Christmas Gallery
The decade of the 1920's starts with, of course, the year 1920. Five cover illustrations appeared during the holiday season.
American Boy, Country Gentleman, Life, The Literary Digest and The Saturday Evening Post all featured Norman Rockwell Christmas paintings on their covers.
One has to wonder how Rockwell found time, much less inspiration and ideas, for all these paintings. And yet, they all work to convey the holiday spirit.
Here are the five Norman Rockwell paintings published during the holiday season during 1920.
The first Norman Rockwell Christmas illustration to appear during the 1920 holiday season was this painting for the cover of American Boy.
This illustration, Christmas Packages, shows a boy carrying Christmas gifts home from the store. He is being somewhat sabotaged by his dog who has wrapped his leash around the boy's legs.
Next up for the 1920 Christmas season was this painting from the December 4, 1920 edition of The Saturday Evening Post.
This illustration, Santa and Expense Book, shows Santa charting his spending and making sure his books balance. The painting is also called Santa's Children because of the children picrtured behind Santa.
December 16, 1920 holiday season was this painting for the cover of Life magazine.
This illustration, Is He Coming?, shows two children and their cat waiting for Santa beside the chimney. Of course, Santa is not coming until they are asleep, and he will not come down the chimney until the fire has died down.
This does not discourage these two children from excitedly waiting.
The December 18, 1920 issue of The Literary Digest featured this delightful image.
This illustration, Children Looking in a Toy Store Window, shows two children lioking absolutely fascinated by the wonders in a toy store window.
The December 18, 1920 issue of Country Gentleman gives us Norman Rockwell's version of a Christmas tradition.
This illustration, Christmas, shows two boys and their dog trudging back home after locating and harvesting their Christmas tree.
The weather looks positive freezing. Snow all over does mean a white Christmas, though.
Here are the three Norman Rockwell paintings published during the holiday season during 1921.
The first to appear during the 1921 Christmas season was this painting. It was published on the December 3, 1921 cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
This illustration, Merrie Christmas, shows a jolly man in his top hat wearing holly springs and wishing the readers "Merrie Christmas".
On the December 17, 1921 holiday issue of Country Gentleman, this classic Norman Rockwell Santa Claus painting made its debut.
This illustration, A Drum for Tommy, shows Santa reading a note from a boy named Tommy. Tommy has asked for a drum, and Santa just happens to have a drum for Tommy. The drum even has a tag already on it. Hey, how did he do that?
The December 24, 1921 Christmas Eve edition of The Literary Digest enjoyed this painting on its cover.
This illustration, The Story of Christmas, shows a grandfather and his two grandchildren sharing some special time on a very special night.
1922 was the publication year of the next Norman Rockwell Christmas paintings. Five paintings were published for the holiday season that year.
The December 2, 1922 issue of The Saturday Evening Post featured this Norman Rockwell Christmas painting.
This illustration, Santa with Elves, shows an exhausted Santa Claus dozing in his chair as his elves continue to work hard getting ready for the big day.
The December 2, 1922 issue of The Literary Digest featured this thoughtful Christmas painting.
This illustration, For a Good Boy, shows a sea captain building a model ship for a young future sailor. He is being supervised by his parrot, perched on his shoulder.
December 14, 1922 saw the publication of this painting for an advertisement inside of the Clintonville Gazette. The painting was commissioned by the Western Newspaper Union.
This illustration, Santa's Workshop, shows a delighted Santa Claus hard at work in his workshop.
The December 1922 issue of Farm And Fireside featured this adorable painting of everybody's favorite Christmas character.
This illustration, Santa Napping, shows Santa Claus getting a well deserved rest after completing yet another grueling Christmas season.
Rockwell makes us wonder how Santa manages to keep up that pace year after year.
In 1923, two more Christmas paintings by Norman Rockwell found their way onto the covers of magazines.
The Saturday Evening Post and The Literary Digest both enjoyed holiday scenes conceived by the brain and brush of America's favorite illustrator.
December 8, 1923 saw the publication of this painting for the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
The painting, Christmas Trio, shows a trio of Christmas Carolers, all decked out in Dickensian reminiscent clothing. Rockwell frequently revisited his fascination with Charles Dickens' characters with his Christmas paintings.
December 22, 1923 was the publication date of this painting for the cover of The Literary Digest.
This illustration, The Night Before Christmas, shows a familiar Christmas Eve scene, Two children have fallen alseep waiting up for Santa Claus.
The wily Saint Nicholas has outwaited them yet again!
1924 Through 1929
In each of the remaining years of the decade, only one Norman Rockwell Christmas cover painting was published each year. All appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
In addition to the Post covers, two more Norman Rockwell Santa Claus paintings were commissioned to be painted during this decade. Both were ads for Parker Pens with Man Removing Santa Mask published in 1928 and No Christmas Problem Now in 1929.
Parker Pens was wise to choose Norman Rockwell to paint their Christmas advertisements. The 1929 painting is also called Santa with Parker Pen and, as the name implies, it shows Santa admiring a Parker Pen.
Yet another Norman Rockwell Santa portrait appeared on the cover of the December 6, 1924 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.
This illustration, Santa's Christmas List, depicts Santa's watching of a boy's good deed. After all, he's making a list and checking it twice.
On the December 5, 1925 holiday issue of The Saturday Evening Post this painting was showcased on the cover.
This illustration, London Stagecoach, shows holiday travelers during Dickensian times. Stagecoach was the way to travel in those days.
Another Santa portrait graced the Post cover of the December 4, 1926 edition.
This illustration, Santa at the Globe, shows good Saint Nick studying his magic globe. We can assume that he is plotting his course and stops. You should not leave tsuch things to either chance or the last minute impulses.
The December 3, 1927 cover of The Saturday Evening Post featured a Norman Rockwell Santa Claus painting for the second year in a row.
This illustration, Santa Claus Holding Little Boy, is one of Rockwell's most beloved and recognized Santa images. Santa is lovingly gazing at a little boy whose image he magically he holds in his hand.
With the December 8, 1928 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell changed gears a bit.
This illustration, Colonial Couple Dancing Under Mistletoe, shows a pair of older lovers enjoying a dance under a mistletoe sprig.
This painting was a foretaste of the Christmas party scenes Rockwell dreamed up during the 1930's.
The December 7, 1929 cover of The Saturday Evening Post showed Rockwell returning to his roots in Dickens literature.
This illustration, Robust Man With Whip, shows a large proportioned man cracking a whip, presumably for a horse or carriage.
This was the same man seen in the 1925 painting London Stagecoach.
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