As I’ve done every New Year’s Eve for the past six years, I’ll wish all Lines and Colors readers a Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year!
In addition to crystalizing our popular image of Santa Claus (see my recent post), the great American illustrator J.C. Leyendecker originated the contemporary concept of representing the new year as a baby, starting with his New Year’s cherub that welcomed in 1907 on a December, 1906 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.
He followed up in December of 1907 with an actual baby (sans wings) to represent the new year of 1908, and continued to represent the new year as a baby, usually portrayed as a personification of political or economic trends expected to be prevalent in the coming year, on into the 1940’s.
The beautiful high-quality image at top is from Scribble Junkies, where you can find a somewhat larger version, also with other smaller images.
Curtis Publishing continues to maintain (and is improving) its archive of Saturday Evening Post covers, including a section for J.C. Leyendecker covers in general and a new one specifically for New Years Babies.
You can find some larger Leyendecker cover images on My-Mags.com and a large selection on Cover Browser.
I wish everyone a beautiful new year filled with lots of wonderful art, both old and new!
J.C. Leyendecker covers, Curtis Publishing
My previous Leyendecker Baby New Year posts:
Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2011
Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2010
Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2009
Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2008
Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2007
Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year (2006)
My other previous J.C. Leyendecker posts:
More J.C. Leyendecker from Leif Peng and Roger Reed
Even more Leyendecker wonderfulness, in high resolution no less
J.C. Leyendecker on Illustration Art
The Haggin Museum Leyendecker Collection
J.C. Leyendecker; America's "Other" Illustrator
More Leyendecker and other great stuff
A little Bit of Leyendecker Greatness
Illustrators' Visions of Santa Claus
2 Replies to “Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2012!”
Happy New Year to you also. Thanks for all the work you put into your blog.
Happy New year to you to Charlie. Thanks so much for all your efforts. Sure do enjoy and appreciate Line and colors.
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