12 Oct 2007 14:11 UTCFri 12 Oct 2007 - 2:11 pm UTC
When she was little, like maybe 5, she used to pull a chair
up to a painting or poster in her parents house and look at it. It was a
picture of a soldier leaving for the war looking back at his faithful
dog and saying something like "not this time old pal." When someone told
her what the words said she remembers crying as she looked at the
picture. She doesn't know if it was a Norman Rockwell print or something
else. Also she doesn't know what happened to the picture when her
father's stuff was divided after his death. Can you find out something
about this picture for me? I looked at some Rockwell prints on the
internet but didn't see that one. Grandmother would have been 5 in 1925.
12 Oct 2007 14:15 UTCFri 12 Oct 2007 - 2:15 pm UTC
I'm looking to buy a print of this picture if one can be found.
12 Oct 2007 14:37 UTCFri 12 Oct 2007 - 2:37 pm UTC
I can't find my copy of Winnie the Pooh (the original...not the Disney), but ask your grandmother if she read those stories when she was young. They were published in the 1920's, and the scene sounds a lot like Christopher Robn going off to school, and leaving Pooh behind.
There may have been an illustration to that effect. If I can find the book (which my kids have outgrown, I'm afraid) I'll take a look.
It's a shot in the dark, I know, but....
12 Oct 2007 16:27 UTCFri 12 Oct 2007 - 4:27 pm UTC
I have identified the picture for you, but it appears that there is no decent size print that you would be able to buy. However, you may be able to use the images below to produce a small copy of it for your Grandmother.
The picture is titled “Not This Trip, Old Pal” and it is by the American artist Arthur Davenport Fuller (1889 - 1966).
The picture is 40.50" x 26" on oil, signed and created in 1917. It was up for auction in Feb 2002, but I am unable to identified the current owner.
There is a good copy of the picture here.: 4.45 x 6.9 inches.
Another copy here (slightly darker, similar size).
A companion picture of the return home is here.
The picture was used on Hercules Powder Co,. calendar in 1928 (bottom left)
I have searched several image databases and while finding other Fuller posters, I have not seen this one.
I hope I have identified the image you were seeking. If not, then please do ask for clarification of my answer.
Eventually found a reference to it on a9.com search engine: "not this time old pal"
12 Oct 2007 16:54 UTCFri 12 Oct 2007 - 4:54 pm UTC
I have found a little more information on the picture which may interest you.
It was commissioned by the Hercules Powder Co, for their calendar.
"Donald Kirtley, Vice President-Public Affairs, walks me around the place and shows-off some of the company's impressive art collection. Between 1918 and 1958 Hercules published an annual calendar. The first calendar was published for the year 1918 with a reproduction of a commissioned oil painting by A.D. Fuller entitled "Not This Trip, Old Pal". It depicted an American serviceman leaving for duty during World War I. Over the years, oils and watercolors commissioned reflected the events at the time."
13 Oct 2007 08:15 UTCSat 13 Oct 2007 - 8:15 am UTC
You will see in the comment above, my colleague, Pinkfreud (on the ball as ever), has found a museum which may have the poster. This is the contact for the museum.
(Thank you Pink.)
24 Dec 2007 08:45 UTCMon 24 Dec 2007 - 8:45 am UTC
You may be interested in the recent postings above.