Eddie Germano Cartoon Collection
Scope and Contents
In 1992, after retiring from the Brockton Enterprise, Mr. Germano decided to donate the cartoons created during his thirty-year career at the newspaper. There are over 2900 cartoons of which approximately 120 are duplicate copies. Germano’s cartoons range in size from around 8x9 inches to about 27x20 inches, with an average size of e 11x15 inches.
Although when first hired his primary responsibility was sports cartoons, his responsibilities grew to include politics and other topics. When looking at the collection These cartoons typically have addressed local sports issues including high school football and baseball; the occasional NFL commentary and Professional golf. His cartoons also follow MLB specifically the Red Sox. Many of Germano’s other sports related cartoons, in this collection, have been combined with another category. For example, he liked to combine sports and politics. Generally, Germano would have a state or local official dressed in sports uniform and have the issue being played out on the field.
Politics: Slowly Germano began taking over the editorial section. These cartoons discussed issues from voting, election candidates, state/federal aid, Brockton and surrounding area politics, to specific issues like judge rulings, vetoed bills, the new BHS. There are many where he touches on issues of draught, pollution, and housing in the Brockton area. These cartoons made up the majority of Germano’s portfolio thus far. The Brockton high school was an issue that dominated Germano’s cartoons for over twenty years. He began with the highlights and problems in the planning stages for the high school and followed the issue through until after the school was built. Germano also followed the mayor’s political term just as closely. Elections, issues during office, and transition out of office were followed closely.
Holiday: Each year Germano’s Christmas cartoons showed the “Brockton Enterprise” being delivered to the homes in Brockton. Germano also addressed other holidays like Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and the New Year. While the majority of these cartoons are solely about the holiday being addressed, Germano took liberty in combining politics and sports related issues within this category.
Local News: In this category of cartoons, Germano commented on issues like drunk driving, paying extra attention during summer vacation while driving, violence or vandalism in the area, celebrations like the Brockton band going to tour Europe, mother nature and the changing climate, local jobs for teenagers and pollution. Aware of Brockton’s problems, Germano attempted to address the good and bad of the area, in hopes of change and inspiration.
Daily Life: This section dealt with women and the home, or women and the workplace. During the 1960’s Germano had done a series of cartoons addressing the feelings of family members in regards to women in the workplace. It remains unclear where Germano stood on this topic.
- ca. 1960s - 1990s
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public for research, within normal business hours.
Conditions Governing Use
Stonehill has shared copyright to with Eddie Germano. Requests for permission to publish material from the Eddie Germano Cartoon Collection should be directed to the Archives and Historical Collections department at Stonehill College. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
Eddie Germano was born on November 15, 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts. He began working at the Boston Post at age 16 where he made $18.00 per week as an office boy. Germano then served in the Army after which he was drawing freelance while taking art classes at night. In 1948 he started his first full-time cartooning job working at newspapers in Florida and Massachusetts. In 1963 he created sports and editorial cartoons for the Brockton Enterprise. In 1990, at age 66 Eddie Germano left the Brockton Enterprise to pursue freelance cartooning.
Among his cartoon projects Germano produced a cartoon television show, created special sports features in the Boston Globe and drew the daily sports feature for Columbia University. Germano also worked with Tom McCormick on a comic strip, Mr. Speaker, which was never published.
Germano has been honored with numerous awards and recognition for his sports cartoons. He has won sports awards in 1981 and 1992 from the National Cartoonist Society. Germano also won an award for his cartoon series about heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano, who was raised in Brockton. In 1989 he published his book Red Sox Drawing Board. His cartoons have even been exhibited at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Eddie Germano continues to draw commissioned cartoons.
Language of Materials
Organization of the Collection
This collection is organized by item number starting with GR0001 and ending with GR2771.
- Eddie Germano Cartoon Collection
- Aimee Maurer, Simmons College GSLIS student, Simmons College with the assistance of Archives Staff
- 2015, October 21
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- Finding aid written in English.