Couple Uncrating Turkey by Norman Rockwell
November 26, 1921 Issue of The Literary Digest
Couple Uncrating Turkey, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published November 26, 1921.
This painting was Rockwell's Thanksgiving illustration for 1921.
This illustration was Rockwell's thirty-second picture featured on the cover of The Literary Digest.
Starting with his first cover illustration in 1918, Boy Showing Off Badges to the last, The Night Before Christmas in 1923, Norman Rockwell artwork was published on The Literary Digest cover forty-seven times in all.
The Digest featured Rockwell artwork on the cover twelve times total in 1921 alone. A Rockwell painting appeared on the cover once each month in 1921.
This illustration has been reproduced on page 58 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is unknown.
Couple Uncrating Turkey for Thanksgiving
In this painting, Norman Rockwell reminds us how bountiful America was then and still is today.
Couple Uncrating Turkey for Thanksgiving was only one of 47 Norman Rockwell Literary Digest covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Literary Digest scans.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
For Thanksgiving 1921, Rockwell has painted the prelude to a great feast. Thanksgiving is inscribed across the drapes at the top of the painting to remind the viewer.
Man and wife are unpacking their purchase, getting ready to cook a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
In the foreground, we see all the vegetables to accompany the turkey. Rockwell includes cauliflower, bell pepper, carrot, celery and a pumpkin. Also included in the feast will be pickled beets.
Above the couple, a parakeet chirps happily in his cage, oblivious to the fate of his larger, more succulent cousin.
Rockwell painted scenes that were relevant to his viewers. This painting was published the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Copyright © 1921 The Literay Digest and Funk & Wagnalls Company
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