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Classic Covers: Dogs Hate School!

Published: August 28, 2010

If there’s anything we’ve learned from studying hundreds of magazine covers for the Post and The Country Gentleman, a sister publication, it is that dogs hate school! If you’re bummed about returning to school, you’re not the only one.

Dog Waiting for Somebody by Robert C. Kauffmann

Dog Waiting for Somebody by Robert C Kauffmann

Dog Waiting for Somebody
Robert C Kauffmann
September 10, 1938

This Robert C. Kauffmann painting is one of our favorite dog covers — and we have decades and decades of dog covers. How long that sweet mutt is going to stare at the door, nobody knows, but best friends are loyal.

Faithful Friends by Alan Foster

Faithful Friends by Alan Foster

Faithful Friends
Alan Foster
September 14, 1929

These pups have been at it longer; they’re at least sitting down and waiting. If they’re teaching something useful like fishing or stick-throwing in there, these loyal friends might understand, but what’s taking so long? This is one of 30 covers Alan Foster painted between 1923 and 1933 for the Post.

Patient Friend by Norman Rockwell

Patient Friend by Norman Rockwell

Patient Friend
Norman Rockwell
June 10, 1922

Humorous every-day scenes like the one above were popular in the 1920s. The cover of was one of 10 Saturday Evening Post covers Rockwell did in 1922, along with two Country Gentleman covers and other ad work and art assignments. We’ve often wondered when the man slept.

School Bus by Stevan Dohanos

School Bus by Stevan Dohanos

School Bus
Stevan Dohanos
September 2, 1944

“Dear Editor: I know this may be a stretch, but I have a special request. I am looking for an issue of your magazine from September 2, 1944. It is special to me because I am the Boy Scout in the painting by Stevan Dohanos. His son was a pal of mine and, in the 6th grade, I was asked to pose in my scout uniform. I think I got paid $10! Plus I spent the night at his house and had a great time. I can still remember the shoot.” This email from a couple of years ago was signed George. We’re glad George enjoyed the shoot, because the dogs are clearly not enjoying having their pals carted away in that big yellow thing.

Math Problems by Henry Hintermeister

Math Problems by Henry Hintermeister

Math Problems
Henry Hintermeister
The Country Gentleman
September 1, 1936

If there’s one thing dogs hate more than school, it’s homework — or at least math homework. If nothing else, Rover can provide moral support. The artist, Henry Hintermeister, certainly wasn’t a household name, but he did at least 16 Country Gentleman covers, all terrific ones, of kids.

School’s Out by Ray C. Strang

Schools Out by Ray C Strang

School’s Out
Ray C. Strang
The Country Gentleman
June 1, 1930

If there’s one thing about school dogs love, it’s when Billy gets off that bus! We should all have a welcoming committee like this one. Love the pastels in this painting. And dig that 1930 school bus in the background.

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  • Phil Bickel

    I love the Brittany, not a better dog for any kid, even 55 year olds like me.

  • Melody

    Some things never change. Like a dogs faithfulness to his master!!!

  • john hauer

    Every boy (and girl) should have a dog.