The Saturday Evening Post Magazine from it's first issue and through the 1960's had some of the greatest front covers which were drawn by some of the world's most famous artists. These three magazines which give a glimpse of the kinds of art done for The Saturday Evening Post are by artists Douglass Crockwell, John Hyde Phillips and Juan Dmitri. The most famous artist commissioned by the Post was Norman Rockwell, whose covers demand high prices when found in very good condition. The covers drawn show the everyday life of the American family through the eyes of those commissioned to draw for the Saturday Evening Post. Listed below is each magazine, it's condition and some items of interest found inside:
1.) April 8th, 1939; Cover drawn by Douglass Crockwell; Some of the stories and articles included are: Great Works--Poems--Gambling with Peace--The Great World Money Play--"That Idea's Worth Millions"--Dwarf Corn—plus much more. **Condition: The front and back covers are in fair+ to good condition, clean and bright. The inside pages are in very good condition, very clean and bright. *Covers: There is light wear to the spine and the front and back covers; an address label on the front cover; a water stain at the lower right quarter of the front cover; wear, chipping, and tears along the top and right edges, a very tiny piece is missing from the bottom edge near the spine, and a tiny tear along the top edge of the front cover; crease marks at the top and bottom right front corners; There are some small areas of water stains on the back cover, and minor chipping along the top and bottom edges. *Inside pages: There is a small water stain on the first three inside pages, chipping along the top and right edges of the first three inside pages, chipping along the top edge of the next seven pages, and chipping along the top and right edges of another inside page; tiny crease mark at the top and bottom right corners of the first eight pages.
2.) January 10th, 1942, WWII Era; Cover drawn by Juan Dmitri; Some of the stories and articles included are: Big Gun--Twenty-four Hours on Carrier Patrol--The Mystery of Dakar--Sugarfoot--Keeping Posted—plus much more. **Condition: The front and back covers are in very good condition. The inside pages are in very good condition, very clean and bright. *Covers: There is wear, chipping, pieces missing, and tears along the spine; chipping, tiny tears, and two tiny pieces missing from the top, right, and bottom front edges; one 1½" tear at the top edge; tiny piece missing from the top and bottom front corners; wear to the back cover; minor chipping along the top, right, and bottom back edges. *Inside Pages: There is minor chipping along the top, right, and bottom edges of the first three inside pages; tiny tear and tiny piece missing fron the top and bottom corners of the first two inside pages; chipping at the spine on the last two inside pages.
3.) October 30th, 1943, WWII Era; Cover drawn by John Hyde Phillips; Some of the articles included are: The King Nobody Knows--Will We Scrap Our Merchants Fleet Again?--Burma Bomber--The Richest Hill on Earth--Halloween--Keeping Posted—plus much more. **Condition: The front and back covers are in fair+ to good- condition. The inside pages are in fair+ to good- condition. *Covers: There is wear to the spine, front and back covers; chipping and tiny tears along the top, right, and bottom front edges, a very tiny piece missing along the top edge and along the right edge; chipping at the top and bottom of the spine; tiny crease marks and a tiny piece missing from the bottom front corner; There is soiling to the back cover, tiny tears and chipping to the top, left, and bottom back edges. *Inside pages: There are two tiny tears along the top edge of the first inside page; chipping along the top and right edge of the next three inside pages; almost half of one inside pages is missing, top edge has chipping and a piece missing; another inside page has a ½" tear along the right edge and a piece missing from the bottom corner; chipping along the right edge of the last three inside pages.
One of the neatest things about magazines from the 1930's thru the 1940's are the great colorful advertisements and these three magazines have loads of ads. Here are some that are really cool: Coca Cola--Chap Stick--7up--Botany Fabric--Greyhound Bus--Pennsylvania Railroad--Winchester--Life Savers--Maxwell House Coffee--Cream of Wheat--Kodak Film--Pepto-Bismol---Birds Eye Fruits--Oldsmobile Cars--Mobil Oil--Rice Krispies Cereal--Arrow Shirts--Old Gold Cigarettes--and General Electric.
Any mom, dad, or grandparent who grew up during the 1930's or 1940's, will enjoy reading these neat vintage Saturday Evening Posts.
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