Charles Kerins - An American Childhood

Charles Kerins

An American Childhood

These images are from the 1950s and 1960s, a time when the prejudices of America dictated the imagery be white, all white. This was largely because of the segregation in the American South. On the three occasions that Charles Kerins submitted artwork with racially mixed subjects, the artwork was rejected, and he was directed. by the client, to redo it with all white people.  As a result the images here represent the idealized, yet true experiences of white small town America, experiences shared by many Baby Boomers.

The images must be viewed in light of this political climate.  They in no way should be construed to support a racially seperated America.  Diverse Communities, with multiple races, ethnicities, religions, and gender preferences  are strong, vibrant, and rich in all the most important human values.  

Though the subjects are all white, the experiences pictured were shared by kids of all races in the 1950s and 1960s.  Enjoy what binds us together. Younger viewers will probably be amused by the very short basketball uniforms, yes, they really were like that.

                 Converse YearBook 1964 by Charles Kerins

                                        Playing through the pain, to Win

 

 

1967 Converse yearbook by Charles Kerins

Carrying the Coach to the Locker Room

 

1966 Converse yearbook cover by Charles Kerins

 Hang in there

1951 Converse YearBook by Charles Kerins

   Practice makes perfect

 

1961 Converse YearBook by Charles Kerins

 New Converse Sneakers !

 

1957 Converse yearbook by Charles Kerins

Argueing with the Ref

1953 Converse yearbook by Charles Kerins

All hail the Hero

 

1962 Converse yearbook by Charles Kerins

Seconds to go . . . . .

Long before there was Nike, Adidas, or anyone else, there was Converse. 

The Converse Yearbook represents a company that was the first of the Mega Sports' Shoe manufacturers, along with Keds, a company that Charles Kerins also did artwork for.  The Converse Yearbook features winning basketball teams from schools around the country and is an essential part of America's Basketball History.

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Copyright Charles Kerins and Abby Willowroot 1950 to 2010 ~ All Rights Reserved 
Some images used with permission of Copyright holders.