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Classic Covers: How I’ll Spend My Summer Vacation

Water Fight by Thornton Utz


Water Fight by Thornton Utz

Water Fight
Thornton Utz
June 30, 1951


First on the agenda is to start an all-out water war with the neighborhood kids. Artist Thornton Utz knew that any of these munchkins would fight a bath, but tackle them with hoses and the game is on. Your report will say you coordinated neighborhood activities. The adults clearing the sidewalk may not be especially fond of this particular activity, but your report won’t reflect that. This cover is from 1951.

Watering Father by Richard Sargent


Watering Father by Richard Sargent

Watering Father
Richard Sargent
June 4, 1955


“I thought of eco-friendly ways to help keep everyone cool,” your report will state. The shower will invigorate Dad, right? This 1955 cover shows why Dick Sargent was one of our favorite artists. What it doesn’t show is what happens seconds after this scene, for which we are thankful.

Bicycle Tricks by Thornton Utz


Bicycle Tricks by Thornton Utz

Bicycle Tricks
Thornton Utz
June 18, 1955


Your teacher will be impressed you made time for healthy exercise. You may need to click on the cover for a close-up, but basically, people are clearing a path for Hurricane Harry—not that he’s giving them much choice. But your report will show you took proper safety precautions—for yourself. In this 1955 cover, at least he’s wearing a helmet. It’s the safety of everyone else that is in question.

Dog Days of Summer by John Clymer


Dog Days of Summer by John Clymer

Dog Days of Summer
John Clymer
June 25, 1955


And it’s really nice you took time out on a lovely June day for watching the youngsters. This beautiful cover was by John Clymer, who dressed up dozens of Post covers with gorgeous landscapes. Thoughts of school are as far away as the farthest blue hills in this painting. But keep up the notes. Free babysitting will look good in your report.

Boy in Inner Tube by Eugene Iverd


Boy in Inner Tube by Eugene Iverd

Boy in Inner Tube
Eugene Iverd
August 1, 1936


“I kept it ‘green’ by finding uses for old items,” you’ll note. In this case, an old inner tube becomes a flotation device. This is from 1936 by artist Eugene Iverd, who did wonderful paintings of boys. For more of his great covers, enter “Iverd” in the search box. “Not only a serious student of art,” the Post noted in an August 2000 feature on the artist, “Iverd was also a teacher of art, first to wounded soldiers after the first world war and then to high school students.”

Piano Practice by George Hughes


Piano Practice by George Hughes

Piano Practice
George Hughes
June 11, 1960


“I faithfully kept up my music lessons,” your report will proudly conclude. It probably won’t mention that your mind was on swimming as you went through your Mozart exercises. Sure, Mozart had mastered minuets by the age of 4, but did he have a swimming pool waiting for him on a hot day? I think not. Practicing in your swim gear still counts.

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  • Frank James Davis

    Creative, fun-loving covers–commented upon by a woman who, apparently, has not lost touch with her youthful deviousness.
    Thanks for the delightful, much too brief, romp, Ms. Denny.