Classic Covers: The Six Types of Fathers

If you think Dad has been neglected, you haven’t looked at our great collection of covers.

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If you think Dad has been neglected, you haven’t looked at our great collection of Saturday Evening Post covers.

Soldier and Daughter by K.R. Wireman – December 14, 1918

Soldier and Daughter
K.R. Wireman
December 14, 1918

#1 – The Grateful Dad:Dad was often a prominent feature, like this WWI soldier coming home to his daughter. It’s a rarely-seen remembrance of this era from a great artist little known today: K.R. Wireman.

Dad at Bat by Alan Foster – June 1, 1929

Dad at Bat
Alan Foster
June 1, 1929

#2 – The Sportsman: This is one of those covers that resembles the style of Norman Rockwell, but it was by artist Alan Foster. Dad must have just come from the office, according to his clothing, but he’s game for the game. Good batter stance, Pop.

Tea for Grandpa by C. Gager Phillips – February 18, 1933

Tea for Grandpa
C. Gager Phillips
February 18, 1933

#3 – The Good Sport: If tea is served in a doll-sized teacup, then by golly, dad (or granddad) will do his best to drink it. If it’s the 1930s, you can bet the little girl will have a Shirley Temple-type hairstyle. This beautiful cover is from February 1933 and was by little-known artist C. Gager Phillips.

Report Card by Frances Tipton Hunter – March 25, 1939

Report Card
Frances Tipton Hunter
March 25, 1939

#4 – The Intimidator: If your report card was not up to snuff, you would hear about it. It’s 1939 and somebody may be about to lose his radio privileges. Even the dog is concerned. We just hope the news in the evening paper isn’t that bad. Artist Frances Tipton Hunter did a number of Post covers featuring adorable children. For more of these, go to:

Bike Riding Lesson by George Hughes – June 12, 1954

Bike Riding Lessons
George Hughes
June 12, 1954

#5 – The Teacher: Remember all the things Dad taught you. This 1954 cover shows a kid having a great time on his bike. But Pops seems a little panicky about the stopping part. Oh, just wait, Dad. In a few years you’ll be teaching him to drive a car.

Happy Father’s Day by Howard Scott – June 19, 1943

Happy Fathers Day
Howard Scott
June 19, 1943

#6 – The Deserving Dad: And which dad isn’t deserving of special recognition? We think getting that cake into and out of the lunchbox in perfect condition displayed a bit of artistic license, but the sentiment is spot on. If you can’t read “Pop’s” button even after clicking for a close-up, it is his ID badge to show he works at Plant 46.

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  1. The comment on the December 14,1914 cover of the Saturday Evening Post concerning the girl kissing her father upon his return from the war, by JR is absolutely correct. The models of this fabulous painting were in fact Henry Wireman and his daughter called Teeny. Katherine Wireman did several paintings during this time that she called her war paintings. This fine woman is one of Americas least known treasures. Her paintings are a time capsule of an America we all long for. Her superb eye for detail and content puts her on the list of one of Americas’ Finest illustration artists. Amazingly she accomplished this feat while supporting her family as a illustration artist, for the Curtis Publishing Co. for over a half a century. Katherine R. Wireman was an amazing woman and I wish that I had known her.

  2. RE: Soldier and Daughter by K. R. Wireman – the models for this illustration are believed to be KRW’s husband (Henry) and daughter (Teeny). If you like KRW’s work, the Delaware Museum of Art is planning an exhibit featuring many of her works.

  3. Amusingly heartwarming half-dozen depictions.
    Only one type of good father, though–the kind who deeply loves his wife and children and is always there for them.

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