Norman Rockwell’s models gather in Vermont:
Rockwell left Arlington in 1953, and many of his child models grew up and followed suit. But on Saturday, dozens returned for a celebration of Rockwell, a reunion of grown models in the small town that set the stage for some of his most iconic works.
“This is an old-home reunion for a lot of us,” said Ardis Edgerton Clark, who lived next door to the Rockwell family and befriended them. “A lot of the models are gone. It’s the kids who are left. I’m talking as the kid who is 76 now.”
Ms. Clark remembers posing for about a half-dozen Rockwell works, including “Homecoming G.I.,” where she and other children spent a day “on the porch of a brick tenement with my mouth wide open,” a soldier holding a duffel bag approaching.