June 14, 1947: Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge makes cover of Saturday Evening Post

On this day in 1947, Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge adorned the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, at the time the most popular magazine in America. (The image shown here is the Duluth Public Library’s copy of the actual magazine.) The magazine itself featured no story on the bridge nor Duluth. The painting was executed by John Atherton, who mentioned he was quite impressed with the Zenith City, in particular for its “excellent facilities for sledding.” A Brainerd native, Atherton found success in New York as both a commercial artist and a fine artist working primarily as a “magic realist.” Two years later the Post did run an article on the Zenith City. Titled simply “Duluth,” Arthur W. Baum’s piece is an interesting outsider’s perspective of the city in post-World War Two America, calling Duluth the “apple-cheeked, blue-eyed, tow-haired…third city of Minnesota.” You can read the entire article here.

Cover of the Saturday Evening Post of June 14, 1947. (Image: Duluth Public Library)