Rockwell and the Scouts go back a long way. In 1912, when he was 18, Rockwell went to see the editor of Boy's Life, having learned that the Boy Scouts were about to publish a magazine by that name. He wanted to become one of the first illustrators. After making 3-4 paintings for them, the art editor accepted two and asked Rockwell to make 3 more covers, and gave him a $75 check. That must have been a small fortune in 1912, especially for a teenager!
In 1916, one of his paintings was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, and he left Boy's Life. But in 1925, the Scout's published a calendar with one of Rockwell's earlier paintings on it - and it was in instant success. His last calendar painting came in 1976, when he was 80.
Note: We decorated Sullivan's Restaurant today and then we started at the Governor's Mansion. I was surprised to see the governor walk into the ballroom dressed in a sweatshirt and jeans. As he extended his hand, I shook it and said ...."Governor, it is very surprising to see you in jeans and sweats!" He replied that he was going to put on his "governor suit" in a few minutes. I liked seeing him in regular clothes, as it proves he is a "regular" person. I found out that he is a woodworker in his spare time, and as such, he will appear on "The Woodwright's Shop" on PBS sometime in the near future. He has made three tables, one of which is a beautiful trestle table with a gorgeous finish. I don't know what kind of wood he used, but it is lovely.