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September 30, 2013

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Illustration: 'Growth of a Leader' is the last Rockwell image Buddy Edgerton modeled for. It was an original oil painting for the 1966 Boy Scout poster-calendar.
'Growth of a Leader' is the last Rockwell image Buddy Edgerton modeled for. It was an original oil painting for the 1966 Boy Scout poster-calendar.
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Norman Rockwell

The Models Behind Rockwell’s Portraits

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When the illustrator Norman Rockwell moved to a small city in Vermont in 1939, he began hiring his neighbors to pose for what would become the portraits that embodied Americana: A family eating supper, a man speaking at a town hall meeting, or a boy scout steering a ship.

Like many others in Alrington, Vt., Buddy Edgerton became the subject of many of Rockwell’s paintings, which were used as calendars, stamps or covers for the Saturday Evening Post. Edgerton tells host Dick Gordon about posing as a boy scout and getting paid $5 and about getting to know Rockwell, his wife Mary and their three sons.

The original version of this story aired Dec. 21, 2010.

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