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Classic Covers: Thanksgiving Dinner

Published: November 21, 2009

“Boy Watching Grandmother Trim Pie” by JC Leyendecker From November 21, 1908

Boy Watching Grandmother Trim Pie
by JC Leyendecker
November 21, 1908


“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck.

Preparing for Thanksgiving dinner was a Post cover artist’s dream, and we’re thankful for our impressive collection.

One of the most beloved cooking covers appeared on the November 1908 issue by J.C. Leyendecker. Grandmother is busy making the pie and the little boy is anxious to do the taste test.

Having no problem with the taste-testing part is the young man from a November 1910 cover, tucking into the turkey with gusto. Every cook loves a kid with a healthy appetite.

But what about the poor lady in the 1947 cover by artist Constantin Alajalov? While her guests wait at the table, the poor lady discovers that her bird is cooked … well, overcooked … well, burnt! Alas, we aren’t all chefs.

Know a soldier fond of KP? Such a man existed on a rarely seen Norman Rockwell cover in November of 1945. If I’m home, and the potatoes are for Mom, then by gosh, I’ll gladly peel the lot. The model soldier was Dick Hagelberg, a bombardier who flew 65 missions over Germany, and yes, that was his real mother. We would like to dedicate this beautiful cover to all soldiers who would dearly love to be pulling KP for Mom this Thanksgiving.

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