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Classic Covers: Mother’s Many Duties

Published: May 7, 2011

Boyfriend’s Baby Pictures by George Hughes

Boyfriend’s Baby Pictures by George Hughes

Boyfriend’s Baby PicturseGeorge Hughes March 14, 1953

1953 Post editors speculated that the girl might be thinking, “Oh my gosh, if Bill and I got married, would we have funny-looking babies like that?” Aw, come on guys – she’s thinking he was sooo cute! I think this is payback for the way Bill behaved at the grocery when he was little (cover below).

Sack Full of Trouble by Richard Sargent

Sack Full of Trouble by Richard Sargent

Sack Full of TroubleRichard Sargent April 14, 1956

The redheaded Indian in the grocery bag has that look – what my folks used to call “pure orneriness”. Mom looks like she’s been through the wringer today with Big Chief Billy and his bow and arrow. But be careful, junior; Mom always has ammo of her own – remember the photo album.

Kitchen Haircut by Harold Anderson

Kitchen Haircut by Harold Anderson

Kitchen Haircut Harold AndersonNovember 11, 1933

In 1933 you didn’t take your kid to the mall (what mall?) for a haircut. It was a mom duty. My memories are of Mom haircuts and home perms in the 1960’s. I didn’t say they were good memories. Moms may not often be good stylists, but they got the job done.

Removing the Splinter by George Alsop

Removing the Splinter by George Alsop

Removing the Splinter George Alsop July 21, 1917

Going barefoot is fun – until you get a splinter. We went clear back to 1917 for this one from The Country Gentleman magazine, a sister publication to the Post for many decades.

New Woolies by Frances Tipton Hunter

New Woolies by Frances Tipton Hunter

New Woolies Frances Tipton Hunter February 27, 1937

Shopping is not Billy’s strong suit – it’s a good thing it is Mom’s. Artist Frances Tipton Hunter did eighteen Saturday Evening Post covers, each cuter than the next.

Spirit of Education by Norman Rockwell

Spirit of Education by Norman Rockwell

Spirit of Education Norman RockwellApril 21, 1934

You would think we’d be grateful Mother buys us warm underwear and sews our costume for the school pageant. But, noooo. All we care about is having to wear a dumb ol’ sheet and our friends snickering at us. Hopefully, Norman Rockwell’s lad will get into the spirit.

Did any of these classic covers provoke a memory? Share your comments below. And have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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  • Janee Parker

    What wonderful memories indeed …. the covers are good but the author’s comments sure did take me back in time!! Just wonderful

  • Diana Denny

    Carole:

    You’re right about this delightful artist. It’s high time I did a “Featured Artists” piece on Frances Tipton Hunter. I’ll see what biographical info I can find and show some great Tipton Hunter Post covers in a future “Featured Artists” piece. Check our website weekly – it’ll be in the next few weeks.

    Diana Denny

  • Carole Hadlock

    Please tell me where I may find out about the wonderful artist Frances Tipton Hunter. I be most greatful.

  • Paulette

    Yes. I remembered the perms I got in the 50′s. They looked like something from outer space. Thank goodness that hairdreser moved and took her equipment with her. I got used to straight hair very easily.

  • Frank James Davis

    Vividly picturesque covers; charming narrative.