War Hero Job Hunting by Norman Rockwell
March 1, 1919 Issue of Collier's
War Hero Job Hunting, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of Collier's published March 1, 1919.
This was the first cover by Rockwell to appear on Collier's and the first of four in 1919. Only four Rockwell covers were published by Collier's. all in 1919. Rockwell only submitted to this smaller magazine after the publishers of more popular magazines had declined to publish the cover illustration.
Rockwell's preference and his first choice of publication was The Saturday Evening Post. He believed, and his career showed, that the cover of the Post was America's biggest showcase window for artists.
War Hero Job Hunting
This hero has returned home from World War I.
The war was not officially over when this painting was published. However, a state of truce had been declared, and soldiers had started returning home.
This painting was only one of numerous Norman Rockwell magazine covers;
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
Here we see the soldier, still in uniform, his father and little brother. His father, with hands on the soldier's shoulders, is telling him that he is proud and glad to have him home.
More people in those days were not content to rest on their laurels than today. Both the soldier and his family acknowledge that it is time for him to go out and find a job. It is time for him to contribute to his family once more.
Draped over the chair in the background is a banner that says "Welcome Hero" .
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