The story and illustration were published by Ladies’ Home Journal magazine in 1929 and readers find Pokey Joe feeling sad and blue because he believes he is no longer funny. Rockwell’s circus friends come up with a plan to lift Pokey Joe’s spirits and renew his self-confidence by coaxing him into a checkers game and conspiring, of course, to let Pokey Joe win. This design was the oldest of three “Checker” prints that Norman Rockwell created.
1 Samuel 16:7
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”