LaVO: Remembering the ‘Norman Rockwell’ of Bucks
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LaVO: Remembering the ‘Norman Rockwell’ of Bucks

Walter “Cal” Calvert, of Buckingham, refused to toot his own horn. “Patsy Drew walked down the library steps directly into the effusive embrace of Eleanor Fitz-Henry. ‘Darling!’ exclaimed the red-haired Eleanor, looking more radiant than ever in her green early-spring outfit, ‘You’re an answer to a prayer!’ Patsy’s gray eyes widened inquiringly. “Eleanor came to the point with her usual directness. ‘I’ve been wracking my brains to think of some girl I could trust Neil Allison with for one evening.’” This was the opening of a romance story published in Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine on Nov. 8, 1959, under the headline, “Patsy, a modern Cinderella, takes rich girl friend’s place on a date.” Something more was needed to captivate readers, however. Namely, a portrait of the winsome Patsy. No problem. Enter Walter “Cal” Calvert of Buckingham. As a freelance artist in demand by pulp mags, all Cal needed was a copy of Ruth Hunt’s tale. From it he quickly envisioned a Liz Taylor-like Cinderella getting ready for her big date as modeled by his daughter Judy. Calvert was a mainstay of the American magazine industry in the mid-20th century. Though well known in Bucks County’s art community, Calvert remained largely […]

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