Valentine’s Day by the numbers

Editorial Staff Magazine

We have published 92 February covers since 1922, and at least fourteen of them contain allusions to Valentine’s Day.

 

Some figures

8:  Love birds (four pairs) 1934, 1954, 1956, 1960

7:  Courting couples  1930, 1937, 1953, 1961, 1968, 1994, 2002

6:  The number of times Valentine’s Day graced the cover between 1951 and 1961. (The 1930s had four such covers, while the longest space between amorous references was between 1972 and 1994.)

5:  Pink covers 1937, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1972

5:  Appearances by Cupid (putti brethren not included) 1934, 1953, 1956, 1972, 1995

4:  Miscellaneious winged creatures 1961, 1994

1:  Possible breakup cover 2002

  • February 1930

    When the rose is brightest,

    When burns the meteor brightest,

    ‘Twill vanish from the sky.

    If Death but wait until delight

    O’errun the heart like wine,

    And break the cup when brimming quite,

    I die — for thou hast poured to-night

    The last drop into mine.

  • February 1937
  • February 1934
  • February 1951
  • February 1953
  • February 1954
  • February 1956
  • February 1960
  • February 1961
  • February 1968
  • February 1994
  • February 1995
  • February  2002
  • February 1972