Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dr. Seuss Went to War

Dr. Seuss Went to War

Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California San Diego

Dr. Seuss is best known for his children's books, such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat. He was, however, also an avid cartoonist, and during World War II, he turned his hand to political cartoons.

"The Dr. Seuss Collection in the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego, contains the original drawings and/or newspaper clippings of all of these cartoons. This website makes these cartoons available to all internet users. The cartoons have been scanned from the original newspaper clippings in the UCSD collection." Source

Dr. Seuss drew over 400 political cartoons during the war, 200 of which were published in the book "Dr. Seuss Goes to War" by historian Richard H. Minear (The New Press, 1999.

The collection of cartoons has been arranged in a variety of ways. The introduction gives a short biography of Dr. Seuss, then goes on to explain the context in which he drew his political cartoons.

The cartoons themselves may be sorted several different ways. The cartoons may be viewed by the publishing date, arranged as they are by month and year. The collection may also be sorted by the person of interest, the country/region, war/domestic issues, and battles and battlefields.The images are displayed as thumbnails, and are blown up to what appears to be close to original size.

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