Covers of the Saturday Evening Post: Seventy Years of Outstanding Illustration from America's Favorite Magazine
Here are more than 3,500 covers from the golden age of American illustration: J. C. Leyendecker's popular holiday covers, including the perennial New Year's baby; evocations of the great outdoors, particularly the American West, by N. C. Wyeth, Oliver Kemp, E. F. Wittmack, and Paul Bransom; portraits of beautiful women by talents as diverse as Harrison Fisher, W. Haskell Coffin, Neysa McMein, Penrhyn Stanlaws, Philip Boileau, and Clarence Underwood. Here also are Norman Rockwell's numerous beloved images: the barbershop quartet rehearsing - where else? - at the barbershop; the disheveled, proudly beaming schoolgirl with a black eye outside the principal's office; the small boy who's just discovered a Santa Claus costume in a bureau drawer; Rockwell's series portraits: days in the lives of a small boy and a small girl, as well as the sequence called "Gossip", and his portraits of presidential candidates and, later, other celebrities.
Jan Cohn, who has written extensively about the Saturday Evening Post, illuminates the covers in a cogent and entertaining text. While tracing the evolution of the magazine, Ms. Cohn singles out the best-loved and the most important covers, discussing the illustrators' styles and influences, and placing each image in its proper historical context. It is interesting to watch the twentieth century unfold: World War I gives way to bobbed flappers in the twenties; the thirties bow under the Great Depression, followed by World War II; the end of the war leads to the family-centered, leisure-oriented fifties, yielding to the turbulent sixties.
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1907 THE SATURDAY Alan Foster Albert Staehle Amos Sewell Artist unknown Clarence F Constantin Alajalov DECEMBER 26 E. M. Jackson Edgar Franklin Wittmack Ellen Pyle Eugene Iverd FEBRUARY 27 George Gibbs George Hughes Guernsey Moore Harrison Fisher J. C. Leyendecker APRIL J. C. Leyendecker DECEMBER J. C. Leyendecker JULY J. C. Leyendecker MARCH J. C. Leyendecker NOVEMBER J. F. Kernan J. J. Gould John Atherton John Clymer John LaGatta Kimberly Prins Leslie Thrasher MacLellan magazine Mead Schaeffer Neysa McMein Norman Rockwell Norman Rockwell APRIL Norman Rockwell AUGUST Norman Rockwell DECEMBER Norman Rockwell JUNE Norman Rockwell MARCH Norman Rockwell NOVEMBER Norman Rockwell OCTOBER Norman Rockwell SEPTEMBER NOVEMBER 26 OCTOBER 20 painted Penrhyn Stanlaws Philip Boileau POST Clarence Post covers POST Harrison Fisher POST J. C. Leyendecker POST Norman Rockwell POST THE SATURDAY Richard Sargent Robert Robinson SATURD/TY SATURDAY EVENING POST SEPTEMBER 12 Stevan Dohanos Thornton Utz Underwood weekly