Post-War Romance and Intrigue
This well-rendered gouache illustration by artist and illustrator Wesley Snyder features a bubbly blonde sweetheart in a white tennis skirt and a pink sweater emblazoned with the nickname “killer.” Fresh from the tennis court she stops in a palatial front hall to have a flirtatious word and knowing glance with a suited up movie star and GI.
This painting illustrated a serialized installment of the story “Come Be My Love” by Robert Carson which was published in the August 7, 1947 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. It tells the story of a movie star who is recalled to active duty with the Army Criminal Investigation Division. His mission: to sweep a debutante off her feet and flush out her former boyfriend, who’s sent her jewels stolen in occupied Germany.
Carson’s short story was later turned into a film, “Once More, My Darling” (1949), starring Robert Montgomery and Ann Blyth.
This painting has been professionally matted and framed under glass and is being sold with a copy of the August 7, 1947 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.