Classic Covers: Daydreams

Is the grass really greener in your daydreams? Post cover artists don’t think so.

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Daydreaming Women by Constantin Alajalov by Constantin Alajalov

Daydreaming Women by Constanin Alajalov
Daydreaming WomenConstanin Alajalov

This was actually a foldout cover from 1959. Bored with the demands of the office, this worker is dreaming of a home life with a tall, dark and handsome prince who helps with the dishes (she is dreaming). But be careful what you wish for! Tall, dark and et cetera just might turn out to be an oaf who watches TV while the housework piles up and the baby is squalling, leaving you to daydream about a nice, cushy office job.

Schoolboy Hero by Robert Robinson

Schoolboy Hero by Robert Robinson
Schoolboy HeroRobert RobinsonOctober 12, 1918

World War I was going strong, and dreaming of being a war hero was more satisfying than studying. There may be dangers on the battlefield, but I’m not liking Red’s chances with that ruler.

“Thinking of the Girl Back Home” by Norman Rockwell

Thinking of the Girl Back Home by Norman Rockwell
Thinking of the Girl Back HomeNorman RockwellJanuary 18, 1919

These sailors are in the thick of military service, and one of them is dreaming of back home. Or, more specifically, of the girl back home. The tattooed, seasoned older sailor has seen it all. Artist Norman Rockwell, rejected for being underweight, stuffed himself until he was accepted by the Navy…where he navigated the dangerous waters of Charleston, South Carolina. Notice the proud signature.

“Escape to Adventure” by Norman Rockwell

Escape to Adventure by Norman Rockwell
Escape to AdventureNorman RockwellJune 7, 1924

Entrapped by tedium, Rockwell’s clerk of 1924 is dreaming of adventure on the high seas. The famous artist also did the cover for the following week (below) as a response to the clerk’s dreams.

Thoughts of Home by Norman Rockwell

Thoughts of Home by Norman Rockwell
Thoughts of HomeNorman Rockwell June 14, 1924

One might argue that dissatisfaction is an inevitable human trait. The rough-hewn pirate is dreaming rather wistfully, of all things, a cozy little cottage in the Cotswolds. Perhaps we are just born dreamers. Alas, the grass is always greener on the other side.

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