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Saturday Evening Post Illustrations On Exhibit At M.S. Rau Antiques

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MS Rau Antiques
Santa on the Train by Norman Rockwell, December 28, 1940 cover of the Saturday Evening Post

The holiday season can be a stressful time, with shopping and traveling seemingly endless chores. An oasis of calm is available with a free exhibit of Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.

Royal Street in the French Quarter is buzzing with street musicians, tourists and now shoppers as Christmas approaches.

But there is an escape – it’s right behind the door of M.S. Rau Antiques.

Exhibit curator Amanda Wallich offers a tour.

For over a century, The Saturday Evening Post captured the American story as it unfolded, and the paper’s iconic illustrated covers offered a snapshot of the lives of everyday people.  These compelling scenes come together to forge a portrait of a country and its people. 

Graduate on Top of the World.

Spanning six decades, the exhibition follows the narrative of the country as told through Post covers, from times of peace and war, to economic hardship and societal change.   

Featured in the show are original works by Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, Maxfield Parrish, StevanDohanos, Edmund Davenport, Robert C. Kauffmann, Paul Stahr, Dick Sargent, John Philip Falter, John Ford Clymer, Amos Sewell and George Hughes.

The show – called “America, Illustrated: Six Decades of Saturday Evening Post Covers” -- runs through January 5.

Eileen is a news reporter and producer for WWNO. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.