"Ref Out Cold- Saturday Evening Post Cover"   Lot no. 3260

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By Stevan Dohanos (American- 1907-1994)

1950 (Estimated)
25.00" x 19.63", Framed 33.00" x 28.00"
Gouache on Board
Signed Lower Left

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Saturday Evening Post Cover, November 25, 1950


Talk about a tough job! Artist Stevan Dohanos “witnessed this catastrophe at a Yale-Dartmouth conflict last year,” wrote the Post editors in 1950. “Everybody but the wounded man was amused, and Dohanos reflected callously, Ah a delightful cover scene!” The poor ref in real life was Leo Weinrott who “suffered disengaged leg muscles when a young giant accidentally steam-rollered over him. He tottered on about his terrifying duties until, stubbing a cleat while running backward, he had to be removed from the battlefield on a litter.” Fortunately, there’s a happy ending: “This fall,” noted the editors, “he survived the Yale-Cornell and other Donnybrooks with hardly a contusion. He thinks the cover is droll.”

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