The New Year’s Baby is an iconic image. The welcoming of a brand new year full of new experiences, adventures, good times and bad. The birth of a new chapter. And no one used the New Year’s Baby better than the legendary periodical, The Saturday Evening Post.
Using illustrations from the famed artist J.C. Leyendecker(who created 322 covers for the Saturday Evening Post), the magazine made statements from celebratory cuteness to ones like the one to the right where the baby is clutching a gun amidst images from World War II.
In honor of yet another new year, here is a sampling of these famous covers right here:
A Celebratory Cover 1 of 5From 1937: A happy baby cover. Most of them seemed to have some sort of message. This one just seems joyful in comparison.
Seeing Into the Future 2 of 5An ornate cover of a baby seer wondering what will be ahead in the year of 1936.
Baby Riding Into The New Year 3 of 5This 1924 baby boldly rides into the new year, but no champagne was served this new year's this was smack dab in the middle of prohibition.
In Honor of World War 1 4 of 5World War 1 ended in on November 11th, 1918 and this cover came out the next month. An ode to the end of the "last great war."
It’s the New Year Knocking 5 of 5A bare bottomed baby knocking on the door of 1909, saying goodbye to 1908.
You can check out many more wonderful New Year’s Baby covers right here.