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.