Introducing Today’s Featured Image

I’m Trying a New Thing

I like pictures. I like photographs. I like all kinds of images. For years I tucked them into folders labeled “Illustrations” and “Portraits.” I’ve done this primarily for my own entertainment, but ever since Pinterest came on the scene; things have gotten out of hand.

Knowing a tidbit about the creator, the subject or its history, adds a tantalizing bit of zing. For the last three years, I’ve reserved the days between Thanksgiving and New Year to post one portrait per day on Facebook. I’m no expert. I’m not an art critic or historian. I simply post what I like. Sometimes I give a reason or two why I chose it. I also try to find a link that provides a quick pop of extra information on the image for those interested in learning more.

I’ve used Facebook for this because they make it easy. Lately, I’ve grown discontent with the analytics they impose on my feed. I believe other people have too. I thought I’d try posting things here for a while. It’s an experiment. Let’s see how it goes.

The Saturday Evening Post, New Year’s Baby 1917. Illustration by Joseph Christian Leyendecker

The Saturday Evening Post, New Year’s Baby 1917. Illustration by Joseph Christian Leyendecker

Today’s Featured Image:

Cover for The Saturday Evening Post, December 30, 1916. Illustration by Joseph Christian Leyendecker.

J.C. Leyendecker is known for the series of 37 New Year’s Eve Babies he created for the covers of The Saturday Evening Post from 1906 through 1943. One hundred years ago, Americans watched Europe in wary apprehension, fearing they would soon be at war. Three months later, we were. I wonder if we change the year to 2017, would the image still resonate?

For more about Leyendecker, go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._C._Leyendecker

For more on the Saturday Evening Post covers, go here: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2014/12/31/art-entertainment/art-and-artists

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