Keepapitchinin, the Mormon History blog » The Whole Year Through: The Children’s Friend, 1952

The Whole Year Through: The Children’s Friend, 1952

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 28, 2009

This post inaugurates an occasional series of related material from a year’s worth of the Church magazines and manuals.

These may be a year’s cover art which — like this entry — shares a common theme, or simply gives a clearer picture of the design trends of the times than a single month’s image could ever do. Other entries may be ad campaigns by a magazine’s regular sponsor, or music for the songs introduced in Sunday School singing practice, or featured recipes from a Relief Society homemaking class.

If you have suggestions for other cycles you’d like to see, please let me know.


























  1. these are fun! i liked the series you did before christmas and also the pioneer images in july. i don’t know of a topic i would especially like to see. i just enjoy your finding the themes.

    Comment by ellen — September 28, 2009 @ 8:31 am

  2. Thanks, ellen. This particular set of covers has a Disneyesque “It’s a Small, Small World” flavor to them — on the other hand, this is very early in the period when we began to realize that ours was destined to be a world-wide church, and I wonder if features like this didn’t help our Primary children take baby-steps toward understanding what that would mean.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 28, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

  3. Although each cover is delightful, seeing them as a whole is much more meaningful. Are they all done by the same artist, do you know?

    Comment by Maurine — September 28, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

  4. I think so, Maurine. They aren’t all signed, but all that *are* signed are by Nelson White (don’t know anything about him). The style of the set makes it seem likely that he did them all.

    Okay, who’s going to find out about Nelson White?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 28, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

  5. Ardis, this is from my birth year. Of course, I remember all of them distinctly. Fun stuff.

    Comment by kevinf — September 28, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

  6. I love how there is a different one for England and for Scotland, rather than lumping them all together into the “UK” or “Great Britain” like we tend to do now. I’m sure both Scottish and English grandmothers rejoiced :)

    Comment by LT — September 28, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

  7. So fun. Keepitacomin.

    Comment by Matt W.'s wife — September 29, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

Leave a comment

RSS feed for comments on this post.
TrackBack URI