Sept 23, 2019
This will be my last post on Dr. Seuss – for now anyway. If/when I come across something new or interesting, I will be sure to post it. I’ve got a few more photos of his advertisements during the war, but I’m only posting 5 for now. I think five is plenty – not too much, not too few.
As I was reading through the book, actually scanning, I didn’t find too much more in the way of interesting information. A lot of it was about the war – WWII. So, I jotted down some info, took some pics of his advertisements, and took the book back to the library.
So, anyways, on to the post.
On Dec 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. On Dec 8, Dr. Seuss published his first cartoon reacting to the changed situation. (I thought I had that photo, apparently not. All the photos I have are from 1942)
For months isolationism/isolationists had been Dr. Seuss’ targets, wanting the U.S. to intervene in the European war.
Hitler was the most frequent subject of Dr. Seuss’ wartime editorial cartoons. Charles A. Lindbergh came second.
Dr. Seuss idolized President Roosevelt.
In the summer of 1942, Dr. Seuss began working for the government, making drawings and posters for the Treasury Dept. and War Production Board.
I know this photo is a bit fuzzy, but I wanted to include it.
All of Dr. Suess’ advertising/editorials came before his famous children’s books. There is no mistaking that these are his drawings…some of the “characters” in the editorials are very similar to, if not the same, as his drawings for his books.
That’s all I have for Dr. Seuss at this time! All of the info above – including the photos – come from Dr. Seuss Goes To War by Richard H. Minear.
I will be doing another post sometime today! Not sure exactly when, but be sure to look for it! So until then…
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do. And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
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