April 8, 2021
I didn’t forget about Dr. Seuss! On the contrary, I’ve been busy!! With spring in full bloom, I’ve been spending a lot more time outside. My high cholesterol levels kind of demand it…I absolutely refuse to be put on any medicine. I guess if I have to I will, but I’d rather fix it naturally. My diet has changed, exercising more (walking and gardening)…just being more conscious of what I’m doing/not doing. There will be a post soon – but not today!
Everything in small/subscript isn’t really relative to today, but I kept it all the same.
I should also warn you that there is nudity at the very end – Dr. Seuss style. Nothing offensive – I don’t think. Just a warning…
Hope you enjoy!
originally posted 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. The next post will be on the books of Dr. Seuss that have been banned/taken off the shelves. And my opinion.
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.
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)
Rome & Detroit
For months isolationism/isolationists had been Dr. Seuss’ targets. Dr. Seuss wanted the U.S. to intervene in the European war.
March 30, 1942
Hitler was the most frequent subject of Dr. Seuss’ wartime editorial cartoons. Charles A. Lindbergh came in second.
Busy As Beavers
Small men at work!
Foundations for post-war isolationism
December 14, 1942
Dr. Seuss idolized President Roosevelt.
The same old down-with-England-and-Roosevelt Stew
February 9, 1942
In the summer of 1942, Dr. Seuss began working for the government, making drawings and posters for the Treasury Dept. and War Production Board.
The Gopher Hole of Isolation
“The Pattersons’ ‘n’ [and] McCormick is keepin’ it so warm so’s we can crawl back inta it after the war”
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.
“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.”
“The book recounts in prose the tale of not one, but seven Godiva sisters, none of whom ever wear clothing. The explanation for their nakedness, even when walking in snow, is that “they were simply themselves & chose not to disguise it.” The story opens with the sisters’ father, Lord Godiva, deciding to leave for the Battle of Hastings on horseback.”
First published January 1, 1939
I might include this in my overview…
A review by Petra-X is bored with reading and not having a life: “Dr. Seuss stories are often very silly which is highly amusing if you are under 7 or the adult enjoying the child’s laughter. Part of the amusement is derived from how ridiculous some of the rhymes are when the books are read aloud. This book, a retelling of the Lady Godiva story (with Peeping Tom worked in) is meant for adults but the silliness is childish and not having the benefit of either outlandish rhymes or being written to be read aloud, it rather falls flat. I’m glad Dr. Seuss stuck to children’s books, they really were his genre.”
Hope you have a great Day!
Thanks for stopping by!!
For using the word stupid
and insulting the logging industry
with its anti-foresting plot (?)
Considered Dangerous. Do Not Read.
(?) I’m just going to leave it as it is for now…. but I will say this, I was never offended by this book, in fact, I thought just the opposite.
~ The Lorax
gotta go – there’s a snake in the house!