Herbert Block (Herblock)

Herbert Block (Herblock), Washington Post (1909 – 2001) Born and raised in Chicago, Block started drawing at an early age and began classes at the Art Institute of Chicago when he was eleven. He adopted his famous “Herblock” signature in high school.  Block moved to Cleveland in 1933 to become the staff cartoonist for Newspaper Enterprise, a syndicate that distributed his cartoons nationally. He won his first Pulitizer Prize in 1942, then spent two years in the Army doing cartoons and press releases. Upon his discharge Block was hired as the chief editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post, working there until his death 55 years later. Block won two more Pulitzer Prizes (1954, 1979) for editorial cartooning, shared a fourth Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for Public Service on Watergate, and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. In 1966, he designed the U.S. postage stamp commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. He received honorary degrees from Colby College and Harvard University.

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