Norman Rockwell is known for his iconic illustrations of American life, especially for The Saturday Evening Post, that captured, in light-hearted fashion, the timeless challenges and pleasures of daily life, from the excitement of growing up to the joy of a family holiday. He once commented, "Without thinking too much about it . . . I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed." As Rockwell reached his seventies, even the small-town America he had celebrated experienced the impact of the turbulent 1960s. Noting in 1962 that "I am angry at unjust prejudices, in other people or myself," Rockwell undertook a series of canvases dedicated to the civil rights struggle. During the same period, he also used his art to record the dawn of the space age, remarking, "Now I am wildly excited about painting contemporary subjects."