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Classic Covers: For Your Eyes Only

Published: December 5, 2009

Post cover artists over the years have provided us with a visual “how-to” guide on hiding gifts. Or perhaps, how not to. Just remember, when you bring presents home to hide: Spies are everywhere!

Rule No. 1 in hiding Christmas gifts: Before you stash goodies away in the closet, do a reconnaissance of said closet for undercover agents. The clues in artist George Hughes’ December 1960 show you what to look for: small bare feet under the coats and a little face, eagerly peering out.

Less subtle than the other pint-sized secret agents are the kids in artist Richard Sargent’s 1957 cover. Hey! There’s a crane sticking out from that bag—the rest of it has got to be cool. The boys might want to make haste before Mom discovers their spying mission.

Now this is a covert agent. The tiny girl in pink pj’s is peeking between the cracks of a double door. We’re not sure how much confidential info she is gathering from her stake-out, but maybe she can spot a dolly from there.

Even Fido snoops, and he isn’t happy with what he sees. In a December 1942 cover, the doggy basket appears to contain flea powder, soap, and grooming stuff … Not a rawhide bone or rubber ball in sight. Or, maybe the good stuff is better hidden. Aw, let’s hope so for the puppy’s sake.

Shame on her! The woman in Constantin Alajalov’s December 1949 cover is sneaking up in the middle of the night to shake a package she isn’t supposed to know about. Well, it’s too small to be a toaster, so maybe it’s jewelry! It may be “for your eyes only,” but not until Christmas morning, lady.

We’d love to hear your “gift-hiding” memories. Share your stories in the comment section below.

" href='http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/wp-content/uploads/satevepost/cover_9601210.jpg'>Christmas in HidingGeorge HughesDecember 10, 1960