The painting “Jack Frost” was done in 1936 for the Collier’s Magazine Company. It was the cover in color for the October 24, 1936 issue of that magazine. Parrish’s whimsical imagination is hard at work creating a unique image of Fall foliage at its peak. It must have been hard to miss noticing this issue of Collier’s Magazine on your local news stand at the time.
As we have noted before, Parrish began creating paintings to be used as illustrations for Collier’s back in April 1905. This painting above was the next to the last one done for that magazine, being succeeded only by the December 26, 1936 cover in color, which was a reprise of one of the pastry cooks images from the Knave of Hearts book of 1923 by Louise Saunders
Speaking of the Pastry Cooks which were featured prominently in the Knave of Hearts book, here is one of several images depicted by Parrish on this subject. Obviously today, we would be hard put to recreate a household where a couple of cooks are hard at work in the kitchen to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for us and the gathering family. But that was then. This is now.
And also speaking of family gatherings for the holidays, we have a soft spot in our hearts for the third of the winter scenes which Parrish began to create for the Brown & Bigelow Publishing Company of St. Paul, MN.
Called “At Close of Day”, the subject is actually the local church on Main Street in the middle of Parrish’s home town of Plainfield, NH. But it reminds me of everything that was dear to the hearts of many of us when it came time for family gatherings for the holidays. This was the B&B winter calendar for the war year 1943.
Enjoy your holidays.
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