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Jan. 19, 2004

Dr. Seuss' Old Cartoons

Before Dr. Seuss became known for his children's books, and now the movies that have come from them, Theodor Seuss Geissel--Dr. Seuss' real name--drew ads for newspapers and magazines and later became a political cartoonist. Today's web page comes from the University of California in San Diego and its special collections library, with an online archive of some of Dr. Seuss' early non-children's material.

The first ads that Dr. Seuss drew in the late 1920s was for Flit insecticide with the catchline, "quick Henry, the Flit." He did other ads, including some for NBC radio stations, Standard Oil, General Electric, and Ford.

In 1940, Dr. Seuss went to work for PM Magazine as a political cartoonist. With the start of US involvement in World War 2, Dr. Seuss took on a range of subjects like major battles in the war, racism, war profiteering, domestic security, and different newsmakers of the day.

For This Week in Geek, I'm Mark Avery.

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