You’re not alone. I’m sitting here chuckling out loud. My guess is the artist was related to someone important?
The baby is seemingly yawning, but instead the effect is disturbing. If I had to add a caption to the picture, it would be: “I’m tired of all this milk drinking crap. I’m ready to tear into some meat. And make it bloody!”
On the other hand, from 1922, it could sell be “Midway Through the Saturday Afternoon Session of Stake Conference”.
For you younger ‘ninnies, yes indeed, stake conference back in the day included two two hour sessions on Saturday, and two on Sunday, leading to the old joke if the second coming is going to happen when we least expect it, it will be during the Saturday afternoon session of Stake Conference”. I think that ended somewhere in the mid to late 60′s.
Bat Boy! I have a special fondness for Bat Boy, for personal reasons that shall remain unstated.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 4, 2009 @ 3:57 pm
Were there really two Saturday sessions? I remember the two Sunday sessions–our parents always left us home for the afternoon–I suspect they figured that two hours in the morning on the wooden pews of the Provo Tabernacle were enough for us. But I don’t remember any Saturday sessions.
As I get older, my memory is slipping. Too much rock and roll. Maybe it was only two on Sunday, but it all seems fuzzy to me. Perhaps that is because whatever afternoon session it was, my friends and I would sit up in the balcony of the Ogden Tabernacle, while my parents sat on the main floor. On occasion, we were known to either slip over to the Farr’s Ice Cream, which would tend to indicate Saturdays, or the JB’s Big Boy just across Washington Boulevard, which could have been Sunday. Not that I made a regular practice of it, but on occasions, we did it. I still can’t believe my parents didn’t make us sit with them.
I love it! What a great picture! Somehow I’m sad because the church today wouldn’t ever put such a thing on the cover of one of its magazines. Why can’t we have quirky and unexpected delights like this anymore?
Justin, all the cover art for the JI for that period was stock purchased from elsewhere (kind of like the sweet Music Personified gal). There’s a miniscule credit line that starts “Copr. The Kna” in the bottom right-hand corner; I think the picture may have been cropped for the cover, losing part of the credit line.
And hey, thanks for the updates on my friend Bat Boy and the presidential half-brother!
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 5, 2009 @ 9:34 am
I also want to thank you for the updates on Batboy. Do you think he might be the next pick for HHS Secretary?