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Norman Rockwell was born in New York City, but his family would spend summers on the farm. He was not athletic and could not play ball as well as his brother. All he could really do well was draw pictures, and he spent a lot of time drawing. His parents saw he had talent and arranged for him to take art lessons. Every Saturday he would travel two hours by trolley and subway to get to the art school. He dropped out of high school to attend an art academy. In 1912 he illustrated a handbook for the Boy Scouts and drew the pictures for Boy Scout calendars. He also drew illustrations for advertisements such as insurance, toothpaste, etc. Later he submitted drawings for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, a popular magazine. The acceptance of these illustrations was the beginning of a long career with the Post. He painted pictures that told stories. Most of them were humorous stories that people really enjoyed. His pictures were so popular that when the Post would feature a Rockwell painting on the cover, they would print 250,000 extra copies just to meet the public demand. If you visit Vermont be sure to stop by the Norman Rockwell Museum and see some of his illustrations.