Charles Kerins

Catholic Boy Magazine Covers

Charles Kerins has been called "The artist who painted America's Childhood". In a larger sense, Kerins, more than any other artist, chronicled mid 20th century America from a young person's perspective.

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 which national publications tip toed around. 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 subjects.  As a result the images here represent the white, idealized, yet true experiences of small town America, but these were experiences shared by many Baby Boomers of all races and religions. Though the subjects are all white, the experiences pictured were shared by many kids of all races in the 1950s and 1960s.  Enjoy what binds us together. 

Catholic Boy and Catholic Miss magazines were published by the Holy Cross fathers at Notre Dame University and was distributed nationally.

Catholic Boy Magazine Cover Sailing by Charles Kerins

 Fun sailing was a big part of many coastal childhoods in the summer.

  Catholic Boy Magazine Cover by Charles Kerins  .  .  .  Catholic Miss Magazine Cover by Charles Kerins

Cheerleaders were a part of every school's spirit

   

Catholic Boy Magazine Cover by Charles Kerins  . . .   Catholic Boy Magazine Cover by Charles Kerins 

Sometimes you win, sometimes you get clobbered, that's life.

  

Catholic Boy Magazine Cover by Charles Kerins  . . .  Catholic Boy Magazine Cover School Days by Charles Kerins

Sports, a constant companion and sometimes obsession in the 1950s & 60's 

Catholic Boy Magazine Cover by Charles Kerins

 

Catholic Boy Magazine Breakfast in Bed by Charles Kerins  . . . Catholic Boy Magazine School Bus Cover by Charles Kerins

Dogs ran free in the 1950's & 60's and were constant companions to kids.  

 Catholic Boy Magazine Cover by Charles Kerins

At the Nativity, Kerins modeled for the Shephard on this cover.

 

     Catholic Boy Magazine Cover by Charles Kerins   . . .   Charles Kerins Catholic Boy cover

 

Catholic Boy Magazine Cover Pope Pius XII by Charles Kerins       Steve and Mike Freda Football Cover by Charles Kerins

Pope Pius XII                                                   Get in there!!!!

 

         Often artwork was done using only two colors, above are example of red & black, and blue & yellow.  and black & yellow

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