I'll start off with the cover which has a nice painted piece by an artist unknown to me, Mead Schaeffer. There are wikipedia articles on him, and you can see other samples of his work online. I have to believe that back in the day, getting the opportunity to have your work published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post was a huge deal.
Inside, we'll start out with this great American Airlines advertisement. This was 1948. Commercial air travel was still in its infancy for the most part (OK...maybe it was a toddler) and this ad was addressing some concerns as well as making air travel look cool. Read it for yourself, but I find the last panel interesting. Not only was air travel making our businessman friend hip and efficient, but it was appropriate for the mother and young baby as well as the elderly couple. And get a load of all that leg room!
Next up is this magnificent centerfold advertisement for Mobil De Luxe Tires and Mobilgas. This piece is unsigned, but it has that Norman Rockwell feel to it (pretty sure it's not him though). The "girls" are off to the side with mom trying to quiet the young one while dad fixes the tire....but to no avail because the dog is wreaking havoc. Just brilliant.
Another great double page spread is this 7-Up add. 7-Up was created in 1929...this was 1948, so a mere 19 years into the life of the product. "You like it - it likes you"...they don't mention it here, but 7-Up is not a caffeinated drink. I suspect it was not then either. But somehow I suspect that this is not why they say "it likes you"...probably just marketing speak for "buy this drink"!
Finally I come to the reason I bought this magazine in the first place (only a few bucks on eBay...by the way). Look at the double page spread above. Notice the tiny cartoon on the bottom left had page? This is Charles Schulz's first published work in a national magazine. While Li'l Folks had been published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press since 1947, this was Schulz's first nationally published work. The rest, as they say, is history!