I was a HUGE fan of The Waltons. I watched it every week (insert theme song in your head here), and never missed an episode if I could possibly help it. I was delighted when this edition of "The Saturday Evening Post" came out with them on the cover. This is my copy, purchased back in 1973:
With me being a huge Norman Rockwell fan as well, I thought it was such a clever cover - a take-off , of course, of the famous "Freedom From Want" painting, part of Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" series. The artist's name is Robert Charles Howe, and he won a contest back then for being the artist whose paintings most closely resembled Mr. Rockwell's style. He met and spent time with Mr. Rockwell, and was so obviously greatly inspired by him.
There was a nice article inside about The Waltons, and the series creator, author Earl Hamner. Oh, it was SUCH a wonderful television series, full of warmth, and home and family, and life's lessons learned. I loved it so. Did you watch it, too? Did you love it?
I found this book at a thrift store for a quarter. Of course I had to buy it - right?
(Added on November 24th) I had been looking for this magazine article before I posted this - couldn't find it anywhere - and then today I finally came across it by accident! So I had to add these two pages - the beautiful women of The Waltons, from Good Housekeeping magazine, December 1977:
Judy Norton-Taylor, who played Mary Ellen (on the left in the picture above) is wearing a Gunne Sax dress. I love it!
And here is a shot of the entire Post cover - one of many Posts I have saved all these many years - mostly because they were still publishing articles featuring Rockwell and his works regularly, and I was a rather fanatical fan. I have written about him before here on our blog. Here's a full shot of the entire magazine cover. The magazine is too large to fit entirely on my scanner:
We here at Gold Country Girls are wishing you and John Boy and the whole clan a wonderful Thanksgiving week!