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Summer Fun

Published: July 29, 2015

It’s the season of empty classrooms, sleepy afternoons, and mercury rising up the meter. These covers offer a glance at the happy-go-lucky methods of sun-baked escapism for adults and kids alike.


Sliding into Water – Lawrence Toney
Sand between your toes and surf lapping at the shore is fine and good, but the neighborhood waterslide can serve just as well. For some, a pair of trunks and the rush of gravity are more than enough to beat the heat.


Lawrence Toney July 12, 1930

Lawrence Toney

July 12, 1930




Water Fight – Thornton Utz
Providing the water supply holds out, a little mirth and mayhem can turn a suburban lawn into an amphibious battleground. Thorton Utz’s work is a giddy cautionary tale for everyone walking by to hike up their socks.


Thornton Utz June 30, 1951

Thornton Utz

June 30, 1951





Croquet Game – John Falter
The family tournament portrayed in John Falter’s Croquet Game makes for a fitting post-Sunday dinner capper as the sunlight steadily trickles away.


John Falter September 29, 1951

John Falter

September 29, 1951




No Girls Allowed – Stevan Dohanos
A ramshackle paradise tucked into the trees makes the perfect lazy afternoon retreat for the adolescent crowd still harboring fears of a cootie outbreak. With trumpet, pooch, and crossbones all aloft, they can’t want for much.


Stevan Dohanos August 9, 1952

Stevan Dohanos

August 9, 1952




Feeding the Elephants – John Clymer
Getting up close and personal with a pair of curious pachyderms may be the thrill of the afternoon, but that motley bouquet of balloons just beyond the elephant habitat is sure to draw some new customers in the immediate future.


John Clymer July 25, 1953

John Clymer

July 25, 1953




Town Green – John Clymer
A tot jamboree, future hall-of-fame hopefuls, and lounging bookworms round out the cast of John Clymer’s sprawling Town Green, where all can bask in the stippled shade around the gazebo.


John Clymer August 15, 1953

John Clymer

August 15, 1953




Backyard Campers – Amos Sewell
A bump in the night is never welcome when all you have are tent flaps for defense. And a few ghost stories too many can render the most innocuous cicada chirp into a sinister bogey-beast on the prowl.


Amos Sewell September 5, 1953

Amos Sewell

September 5, 1953




Lemonade for the Lawnboy – George Hughes
A shiny quarter would be welcome, but when trimming the lawn in the sticky heat of early summer, payment in icy fresh-squeezed lemonade is just as appreciated.


George Hughes May 14, 1955

George Hughes

May 14, 1955




Wading Pool – Amos Sewell
Even if one size doesn’t fit all, when the kiddie pool is the only escape from August heat, most are willing to make due. You snooze, you lose.


Amos Sewell August 27, 1955

Amos Sewell

August 27, 1955




Swing-set – Amos Sewell
With shoddy materials and blueprints more complex than the Manhattan Project’s, dad may end up getting better exercise than the kids. Luckily for his patient audience, this dance more than makes up for the lack of functioning swings.


Amos Sewell June 16, 1956

Amos Sewell

June 16, 1956




Billboard Painters – Stevan Dohanos
In mid-July swelter on the cusp of a scorching third digit, these workingmen are wise to take the advice of their arctic billboard. Unfortunately, no amount of wishful thinking can convince their fictional polar pals to share the snow.


Stevan Dohanos July 13, 1957

Stevan Dohanos

July 13, 1957




Where the Girls Are – Thornton Utz
As shown in Thorton Utz’s Where the Girls Are, the discerning college boy always has one eye open for opportunity, even in excess of the speed limit.


Thornton Utz August 17, 1957

Thornton Utz

August 17, 1957


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  • Charles Neumann

    Great covers. Many bring back pleasent memories.

  • Byron Samuel

    These pictures bring back memories of “the good old days”,which probably seem a lot better now than they were back then.

  • Judie Kopfman

    The Saturday Evening Post cover pictures bring back so many memories of my growing up days. Our family always subscribed to the magazine, so we grew up with it. The covers and stories are still amazing.