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American Independence: Mormon Cover Art: July 1

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 01, 2009

Juvenile Instructor, January 1919

America’s First Ally

On April 28, 1780, Lafayette reached Boston after an absence of fifteen months in France, during which time he had secured the promise of the French Government to aid America with ships, men and money. From Boston Lafayette then rode as rapidly as possible to Washington’s headquarters, at Morristown, New Jersey, and made his happy announcement to the General himself.



  1. I realize that the materials you’re working with impose some limitations, but on this day there’s only one patriotic topic that’s appropriate:

    O, Canada
    My home and native land
    True patriot love
    In all thy sons command.
    With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
    The True North strong and free!
    From far and wide,
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    God keep our land glorious and free!
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    So to my Canadian-born wife and my Canadian son-in-law and all of Canada, Happy Canada Day!

    Comment by Mark B — July 1, 2009 @ 12:48 pm

  2. My Canadian grandmother joins in your greeting, Mark B.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 1, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

  3. Are these cover paintings specifically commissioned for the magazine? I think they’re so much better than the unimaginative photographs on the Ensign today…

    Comment by Clark — July 1, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

  4. As early as most of these are, Clark, they’re purchased from other sources. Some of them have an indication of the art supply house on them; some don’t.

    I suppose a hundred years from now our ordinary photograph covers may look interesting. Maybe.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 1, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  5. Ardis, Thanks for letting us share these patriotic covers. I enjoy looking back at the beautiful covers that once graced our Church magazines.

    Comment by Maurine — July 1, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

  6. Re:#4,I agree with your sentiments completely.

    I suppose when the dance photos (other post) were first published, they were considered “unimaginative”. And look what a kick we’re getting out of them now…

    Comment by Clark — July 2, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

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