Norman Rockwell paintings completed after 1942 contain an anti-forgery technique that is invisible to the human eye and the eye of a camera. Mr. Rockwell may have learned about Steganography while he served in the US Navy, and created several posters for the Government.

After discharge from the military, he combined knowledge of steganographic principles with his passion for photography. Mr. Rockwell invented a way to hide his name in plain sight. 

He created CMYK color paints to match the RGB color model. Because all electronic screens and cameras work on the RGB model, the paints he created could not be seen on an RGB screen or by an RGB camera. The shades of these color models are so close that the difference was undetectable by the human eye.  Best of all,  pictures taken by RGB model cameras could not capture the difference!  Forgers of the day who worked from photographs of artwork would not see any difference when they were producing a forgery.

Original Poster

After processing

and posterization

Where the initials appear

Freedom from Fear - 1943 

After Irfanview processing

Value Inverted and Posterized

With Initials circled and highlighted

Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor - 1946

This picture was taken inside the Norman Rockwell Museum

After Adobe processing

After Irfanview processing

Value Inverted

Value Inverted and Posterized with initials circled and highlighted

Freedom of Worship - 1943

Color Inverted and Posterized - Level 2

Initials circled

Value Inverted, Posterized - Level 3

with initials circled

Below are other three-dimensional examples of

Freedom of Worship,

Freedom of Speech


Freedom From Fear