August 12, 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. On a bet from his publisher, Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote the book using only 50 words, 49 of which are monosyllabic (“anywhere” is the exception). It’s still in the top 5 best-selling children’s books of all time. Not bad for a $50 bet! However, Dr. Seuss didn’t just write and illustrate children’s books. He also created magazine advertisements and political anti-war cartoons.
Two digital collections from the University of California, San Diego Library provide a well-rounded insight into the motivations behind his artwork. The Advertising Artwork of Dr. Seuss contains a selection of his magazine illustrations for companies such as General Electric, NBC, and Standard Oil.
Dr. Seuss Went to War is a collection of his political cartoons. From 1941-1943, Dr. Seuss was the chief editorial cartoonist for PM, a New York newspaper that was published during the 1940s. There are 400 cartoons here!