January 17, 2013

Political Cartoons from the Dr. Seuss Collection

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) remains one of the most beloved children’s book authors, with 46 children’s books published—including the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to name a few.

Before those best-sellers, Dr. Seuss worked for the New York Newspaper PM for two years as the chief editorial cartoonist, drawing over 400 editorial cartoons. 

I've embedded some of his political cartoons below.

Dr. Seuss Goes to War by Richard H. Minear (published in 1999) reproduced about half of the PM collection by Dr. Seuss, but a catalog of all 400 political cartoons are available online, thanks to the University of California, San Diego for scanning the originals. 

 Those Americans sure can attack... themselves!, published by PM Magazine on February 11, 1942, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

Boss, maybe you'd better hock me and buy more U.S. Defense Bonds and Stamps!, published by PM Magazine on December 26, 1941, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

Tis Roosevelt, Not Hitler, that the world should really fear, published by PM Magazine on June 2, 1941, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

Spreading the lovely Goebbels stuff, published by PM Magazine on September 18, 1941, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

Insure your home against Hitler!, published by PM Magazine on July 28, 1942, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

Join the C.B.C.!, published by PM Magazine on August 4, 1942, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

Don't let them carve THOSE faces on our mountains, published by PM Magazine on December 12, 1941, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego


In Russia a chap, so we're told, knits an object strange to behold. Asked what is his gag, he says "This is the bag that the great Adolf will hold!, published by PM Magazine on August 11, 1941, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

The veteran recalls the battle of 1943, published by PM Magazine on January 5, 1943, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

Slightly Diverted, published by PM Magazine on November 13, 1942, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego
We're just going to knock out the unnecessary floors designed by F.D.R., published by PM Magazine on May 18, 1942, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

Time to swap the old book for a set of brass knuckles, published by PM Magazine on December 30, 1941, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

You, Too, can sink U-Boats, published by PM Magazine on May 24, 1942, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

Hm-m! Can't understand it!, published by PM Magazine on February 12, 1942, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

Cages cost money!, published by PM Magazine on December 15, 1941, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

The Kidnaper, published by PM Magazine on January 1, 1943, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

One buck out of every 10!, published by PM Magazine on May 2, 1942, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego


4 comments:

  1. I had no idea Dr. Seuss was a cartoonist for a magazine first. But it makes sense. And I loves Green Eggs and Ham!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Fascinating. I had no idea. What a cool history lesson you just gave us. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I'm quite certain I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next! Thank you for share.good bye.

    Shuvo,
    Clipping Path

    ReplyDelete