Fool’s Paradise: Answers

As originally printed in The Saturday Evening Post, “the principal April fooleries” in Rockwell’s April 1943 painting are:

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "April Fool: Checkers," 1943. Cover illustration for "Saturday Evening Post," April 3, 1943. Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indinapolis, IN. Featured in the Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition, "Norman Rockwell's 323 'Saturday Evening Post' Covers."

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “April Fool: Checkers,” 1943. Cover illustration for “Saturday Evening Post,” April 3, 1943. Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indinapolis, IN. Featured in the Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition, “Norman Rockwell’s 323 ‘Saturday Evening Post’ Covers.”

1. the trout, the fishhook and the water, all on the stairway

2. the stairway running behind the fireplace, an architectural impossibility

3. the mailbox

4. the faucet

5. wall-paper upside down

6. wallpaper has two designs

7. the scissors candlestick

8 silhouettes upside down

9. bacon and egg on the decorative plate

10. the April-fool clock

11. the portraits

12. ducks in the living room

13. zebra looking out of the frame

14. mouse looking out of the mantelpiece

15. a tire for the iron rim of the mantelpiece

16. medicine bottle and glass floating in the air

17. fork instead of a spoon on the bottle

18. the old lady’s hip pocket

19. the newspaper in her pocket

20. her wedding ring on the wrong hand

21. buttons on the wrong aide of her sweater

22. crown on her head

23. stillson wrench for a nutcracker in her hand

24. skunk on her lap

25. she is wearing trousers

26. she has on ice skates

27. no checkers on checkerboard

28. wrong number of squares on checkerboard

29. too many fingers on old man’s hand

30. erasers on both ends of his pencil

31. he is wearing a skirt

32. he has a bird in his pocket

33. he is wearing roller skates

34. he has a hoe for a cane

35. billfold on string tied to his finger

36. milkweed growing in room

37. milk bottle on milkweed

38. deer under chair

39. dog’s paws on deer

40. mushrooms

41. woodpecker pecking chair

42. buckle on man’s slipper

43. artist’s signature in reverse

Related Links:

Just For Laughs: “Norman Rockwell: Humorous Tales,” presented Friday, April 19, 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy Norman Rockwell’s 323 “Saturday Evening Post” Covers, now on view at Norman Rockwell Museum.

Shop for Norman Rockwell’s April Fools’ Day Covers in The Norman Rockwell Museum Store

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