“God Bless You” by Norman RockwellThe road to courtship and romance is sometimes a bumpy one, as artists from the Post and sister publication Country Gentleman have shown in these covers from 1914 – 1956.
“Schoolboy Crush” by Charles A. MacLellanPoor Red! From 1914, this is one of nearly fifty covers that artist Charles A. MacLellan did for the Post. And like this one, many of them resemble Rockwell’s work.
“My Secret Valentine” by Henry HintermeisterThe look on her face says it all: she has poured her heart out in a Valentine to a special boy, and he’s sending one to every girl in town! This adorable 1938 cover was on our sister publication, Country Gentleman.
“ God Bless You” by Norman RockwellJust when you are making romantic progress, you find you are not alone. The snooping brother was not an uncommon theme for covers, and this one from 1921 was by Norman Rockwell.
“First Valentine” by Richard SargentGreat cover artist Dick Sargent captured the look on this young man’s face perfectly: he is dealing with new feelings (didn’t he hate girls just last week?) and he is a little embarrassed. The colorful Valentine cover is from 1956.
“Two Boys Bringing Girl Ice Cream” by George BrehmNice to be waited on—if you’re the girl. The boys vying for the young lady’s attention in 1924 are not alone in this situation. Rockwell painted young rivals two years earlier (below).
We hope your Valentine’s Day romances do run smoothly.
“Rivals” by Norman RockwellThese would-be romancers showed up at the same time. In the coat of arms above the door, is Rockwell suggesting that if this were 1822 instead of modern, civilized 1922, that a duel might be the solution? Fortunately, it shouldn’t come to that, but someone might just walk away with a black eye.