Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2010!

J.C. Leyendecker New Year's babies from Saturday Evening Post covers
In what is becoming something of a tradition, I’ll wrap up the year with four more Saturday Evening Post covers from the early 20th Century featuring New Year’s babies from J.C. Leyendecker, the illustrator who started the practice of representing the new year as a baby.

For more on the history of Leyendecker’s New Year’s babies, see my post Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year from 2006. I’ve also listed below some of my previous posts about this amazing illustrator, one of the all time greats, who should be much better known than he is today.

The good news is that after many years without an in-print book of Leyendecker’s work, J.C. Leyendecker by Laurence S. Cutler and Judy Goffman Cutler was published last year and is still available.

I hope you all have a new year filled with great art, old and new!

-Charley

7 thoughts on “Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2010!

  1. Dee

    Great Post,

    Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t Leyendecker – Norman Rockwell’s mentor and hero?

    Since Rockwell is my hero I guess I have look up to and Thank Mr. Leyendecker for his work.

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