This collection is one of Rob's. He's fallen in love with Norman Rockwell plates and has gone a little overboard. Today, I'm going to show about half of what we now have (since Christmas). And, just to complete the story, you have to know that he bought a series of 8 Christmas plates and bought two plate hangers to hold them. That was cute, but when the season was over, we decided not to take the hangers down. I pulled out some old collector plates I had and we really liked the 4 Norman Rockwell's I had. So, he started shopping and for almost nothing, and most of that paid for shipping, he's built us up a collection that can be changed periodically for some variety.
He found that this was a pretty rare plate because it has all three images (mirror, back, and drawn face). Most of the plates only have two of the images.
The next two sets are "four seasons" collections. The first starts with a boy buying a dog and proceeds through their adventures of that year.
The second set features an older man and a boy (and a dog). These are recurring themes in Rockwell's work.
Rockwell's work reminds us of a happy time. We often get lost in those happy memories and forget that times weren't really any easier then, there were just fewer things to worry about and fewer decisions to make. The flip side of that is that there was less variety in life. But people were no different and basically still broke into the categories of those that chose to be happy and those that chose to be unhappy.
Not that much different than today.