If there’s anything I’ve learned from studying hundreds of magazine covers for the Post and 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
Watching, watching…when is that door going to open and reveal my buddy? This Robert C. Kauffmann painting is one of my 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
These guys have been at it longer; they’re at least sitting down and waiting. If they’re teaching them something useful like fishing or stick-throwing in there, we could understand, but what’s taking so long? Artist Alan Foster did thirty Post covers in the years 1923-1933.
Patient Friend by Norman Rockwell
Speaking of fishing…the pole is ready, the bait is read, Rover is ready. So why can’t Tommy come out and do it already? But nooo, he’s stuck at his desk in this stupid school reading a stupid book. And he doesn’t even look like he wants to be there. Maybe if I lift my paw and look pathetic enough… This is one of ten Saturday Evening Post covers Rockwell did in 1922, along with two Country Gentleman covers, along with whatever ad work and other art assignments he was had. I’ve often wondered when the man slept.
School Bus by Stevan Dohanos
“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 Stephen 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 e-mail 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
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. Artist Henry Hintermeister certainly wasn’t a household name, but he did at least sixteen Country Gentleman covers, all terrific ones, of kids.
School’s Out by Ray C. Strang
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.