eugene zimmerman zim
Eugene Zimmerman, cartoonist, 1862-1935. Known by his famous signature "Zim," he was born in Basel, Switzerland. Came to America in 1869. In 1877 he became an apprentice sign painter and continued in this line of work for several years, nurturing a desire to become a professional cartoonist. By copying the work of cartoonists, he acquired the skills necessary to gather a portfolio, which gained him an interview in 1883 with the director of Puck magazine. He was hired and began work at one of the most remarkable satirical magazines of the late 19th century. Concurrently as he worked at Puck, he supplemented his income with freelance work. In 1885 he dropped the last portion of his signature and became known as "Zim."

In 1885, Zim moved to Judge magazine. The following year he married Miss Mabel Beard of Horseheads, New York. In 1888, he and Mabel moved to Horseheads. Zim then traveled 250 miles (each way) to New York City on alternate weeks to fulfil his commitments at the magazine. Like many contemporary cartoonists, Zim generated cartoons of all varieties, including some considered offensive for their ethnic stereotypes. He remained at Judge until his retirement in 1912.

Becoming one of America's best known cartoonists, he printed more than 40,000 sketches in his lifetime. After his retirement from Judge, Zim was founder and first president of the American Association of Cartoonists and Caricaturists.

Zim loved life in the little Horseheads community. He designed the small town's Teal Park Bandstand. Horseheads preserves the artist's residence, known as Zim House, that possesses his papers, sketches, and correspondence.


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