Southern Living Put Us on Their Very First Cover

January 22, 2016 | By | Comments (3)

Jo Anne Magnes Fusco (right) with Alice McMurphy Jones.

My friend Alice and I were out one day riding my dad’s bicycle built for two when a photographer asked if he could speak to our parents about a new magazine from The Progressive Farmer Company. We had no idea it would be the cover of what would become Southern Living! The best part? I still have the bike!

—Jo Anne Magnes Fusco, Memphis

See More:  How We Re-created the First Southern Living Cover


  1. Jeannette Wright

    Lots of fun! Glad SL did the detective work to make it all happen. Enjoyed Steve Bender’s video about recreating the cover garden from 50 years ago! In California we LOVE the South you bring to us monthly.

    January 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm
  2. karen s

    Great story!!

    January 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm
  3. Mel

    Rather see these types of smiles and simple fun rather than showy, celebrity engagement ring nonsense any day!

    January 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm

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