Norman Rockwell's image of a G.I. telegrapher was meant to promote one of the benefits of military service: Army training would prepare a soldier with skills needed to get a job upon return to civilian life.

This painting was one of several which Rockwell completed in the style of his friend and fellow Saturday Evening Post illustrator, J.C. Leyendecker. Well-known for advertising images commissioned by Arrow Shirt Collars, and House of Kuppenheimer, Leyendecker's deliberately thick, visible brushstrokes were emulated by Rockwell in this work. The inclusion of a border with related thematic insignias was also a motif which Leyendecker regularly employed.

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  • Title: U.S. Army Teaches a Trade (G.I. Telegrapher)
  • Date Created: 1919
  • Physical Dimensions: w736.6 x h482.6 x d50.8 mm (With Frame)
  • Illustrator: Norman Rockwell
  • Credit Line: U.S. Army Teaches a Trade, 1919, Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) Oil on canvas Painting for United States Army recruiting poster, 1919 19 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 2" Norman Rockwell Museum Collection
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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