Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July

This holiday Saturday Evening Post cover featured by the John Philip Falter Museum in Falls City, NE.

"Family Portrait on the Fourth"

Adopted By: Dick & Mary Jane Gist

The family has reunited to celebrate their independence, and Mr. Smilenow is going to squeeze them all into one photograph or smother in the attempt. After everybody has looked unnaturally pleasant for a while, the camera professor, emerging from his shroud, will tell them to look pleasant, and their tired-out faces will collapse into shocking sun squints just as the camera snicks. Great-grandma is the smart one; in her mellow old wisdom she's thinking, I'll just save my gumption till he's ready, and then turn on a smile that'll make me the belle of the tintype. Let's ignore Uncle Gourmand on the stoop, and those exasperating boys, either one of whom may grow up to be President; and merely ask artist Falter: "Why isn't it raining?"

July 5th, 1952

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