Sharpen Your Observation Skills

Sharpen Your Observation Skills

At a conference last weekend I learned of Norman Rockwell paintings that appeared on Saturday Evening Post April Fools editions. There are 57 mistakes in this painting. Finding these mistakes can help you with your observation skills. Can you find them? To find a more clear copy of this painting go here.

How many did you find? Below is a list of the mistakes.


  • Two Kinds of Molding on cupboard top
  • North American Pileated Woodpecker head is on body of crane
  • Coffeepot spout is upside down
  • Barbed wire in place of clothesline
  • Insignia is on back of fireman’s helmet instead of front
  • Green and red lights are reversed on ship’s lantern
  • One cup is not hanging by its handle
  • Electric bulbs are growing on plant
  • Man’s bust has head of little girl
  • Chipmunk sports rat’s tail
  • Pen holder has pencil eraser
  • Top of brass vase is suspender in air
  • Clock face is a man’s face
  • Candle is where kerosene lamp should be
  • Sampler is dated 1216
  • Winter scene is seen through left window, summer scene through right window
  • Antique dealer’s head is on dolls
  • Nine branches on traditionally seven branched candelabrum
  • Beast, looks like a cougar, is crouched on top shelf
  • Girl’s hair is loose on one side, in braided pigtail on other side
  • Titles on books read vertically instead of horizontally
  • Girl’s sweater is buttoned the wrong way
  • Mouthpiece is shown on both ends of phone
  • Phone is not connected
  • Goat’s head shows deer’s antlers
  • No shelf to support books
  • Lace cuff on shopkeeper’s shirt
  • Five fingers and one thumb on girl’s left hand
  • Gun’s barrel is in wrong place
  • Saddle is on the goat
  • Potted plant is on top of lighted stove
  • Girl’s purse is a book
  • Girl’s purse only has half a strap
  • Skunk is in girl’s arms
  • Sea gull has crane legs
  • Stovepipe is missing from stove
  • Mona Lisa has a halo
  • Mona Lisa is also facing the wrong way
  • Abraham Lincoln is wearing General Grant’s military coat
  • Stove has April Fool imprinted on it
  • Doll has hooves instead of feet
  • Little girl is sitting on air
  • Roger’s group is combination of soldier from “Our Hero” and girl from “Blushing Bride”
  • Brass kettle sports two spouts
  • Antique dealer wears spur on one shoe
  • Mouse is conferring with ground mole
  • Ground mole’s track through wooden floor
  • Dog’s head is on cat’s body
  • Raccoon’s tail is on cat’s body
  • Ball fringe is standing straight up at an angle
  • Stove is missing one leg
  • These are two different kinds of flooring
  • Norman Rockwell signature is reversed
  • Rockwell is misspelled Rockwoll
  • Flowers are growing in floor
  • Girl’s socks do not match
  • Girl’s shoes do not match

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