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If this issue of the Post looks somewhat familiar, there's a good reason: Our sextet of little imps converted to instant, if temporary, angels have graced the Post's cover before--on December 10, 1938, to be exact. They were conceived by a well-loved Oost illustrator of the 1930s and '40s, frances Tipton Hunter.

Children were Mrs. Hunter's specialty, and she liked to portray them in all their mischievous modes, as in a March 25, 1939, Post cover of boy holding his report card, loosening his collar, and approaching dad, who's reading the newspaper. The little family dog knows what's about to happen, and so does the little boy. Or the November 27, 1937, cover, in which the smallest tyke in the neighborhood suddenly becomes the most popular "man" on the football team after showing up with a complete uniform and a new ball-obviously, gifts from his overdoting parents.

Did Frances Tipton Hunter inspire the famous Little Rascals? Or vice versa? We wonder. All we know is that her kids of 40 years ago are just like kids today, in America and everywhere, which is the reason her Little Angels appealed so to the Italian sculptor Guiseppe Armani. Armani, who works in Pisa, in the shadow of the famous leaning tower, admits to a strong love for animals, nature, and children--not necessarily in that order.

But back to those little boys...or angels--whose saintly attire and angelic faces fail to camouflage the evidence of a recent difference of opinion. We hope they provide Post readers an added fillip to their Christmas-season merriment. Black eyes, bruised heads, and bandaged fingers aside, we can only speculate that the mood of "peace on earth" infiltrated these little rough-and-ready souls, and that they left the church arm in arm rather than tooth and nail. Merry Christmas!
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Title Annotation:sculpture of Saturday Evening Post cover from 1938
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Date:Dec 1, 1986
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