Stafford would play a Manhattan window washer who comes upon an executive dictating a letter to his secretary. The secretary looks up from her work to notice the window washer winking at her, oblivious to the executive. Now she has likely missed a few sentences. How will she explain to her boss what has transpired?
Rockwell paid his model $30 for three days work. When Stafford tried to cash the pay cheque, the bank teller didn't believe it was a valid cheque, given the identity of the issuer. Years later, he wished he had kept the cheque for posterity.
Window Washer first appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on September 17, 1960. The original painting is now in the possession of movie maker Steven Spielberg.