Dr. Seuss Before He Was Dr. Seusshowtobeadad
We all know what a brilliant writer and illustrator Dr. Seuss was to us.
I am a Seuss-ian friend if ever there was one.
I love him so much sometimes it gets worrisome.
To this day, I speak in rhymes and short couplets because I learned to read with such classics as “One Fish, Two Fish” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” His book, “If I Ran the Zoo” was also the first recorded instance of the word “nerd.” How rad is that? He spoke about environmentalism in such a broad, intelligent way, even I knew that the planet needed protection at six years-old. Of course, we all know I basically act like “The Cat in the Hat” pretty much all the time.
And my son uses me as a jungle gym simply because of his pious devotion to “Hop on Pop.”
But you might have missed some Theodore Geisel’s (Seuss’ real name) earlier works, when he was a simple illustrator for hire! Here they are:
15 Illustrations by Dr. Seuss You’ve Never Seen!
Shaefer Beer 1 of 15Dr. Seuss was a genius. He could even make goats love beer. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Flit Insect Repellant 2 of 15Why is Charlie Chaplin wearing a garter belt? He looks just like me. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Ajax Cups 3 of 15I don't know what planet this illustration takes place on, but I want to live there. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Ford Motor Company 4 of 15If only Ford had a Dr. Seuss now. I think their sales would ROCKET! Note to self: Purchase giant hand. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
L.P.C. Co. 5 of 15I need an army like this to bring my son all his toys. At least, that's way he talks to me. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Gilbarco Manufacturing 6 of 15That woman is totally checking out that handyman's butt. AMIRITE? Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
NBC 7 of 15This bird could probably do a better job handling the coverage of the Olympics. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
NBC 8 of 15Dude, NBC, where the hell is the Zimbaphone? I want to use one in my Gerkaphone choir. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Daggett and Ramnsdell 9 of 15Sure, Seuss had his anti-Bavarian stance, but damn the Brevo was a good shave. #forgrandpa Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Macy-Westchester 10 of 15Dr. Seuss nails it here. Moose are so narcissistic. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Stromberg-Carlson Radios 11 of 15Is that a cat with punching gloves or am I going insane? I'm scared and elated either way. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Snyder & Black 12 of 15The giraffe-cat in the back seems a little too happy that the maniac with a pop-gun is running around with a headdress on. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Holly Sugar 13 of 15Much like kids, horses will take sugar over fruit. This is the face I make every time there's a tomato on my food. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Warren Telechron Company 14 of 15That guy needs to stop doing the Colombian Marching Powder. For real. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
Standard Oil Company 15 of 15Seuss working Standard Oil makes as much sense to me as a duck with pants on. Oh, wait. He's so sneaky. Source: libraries.ucsd.edu
He left Oxford and became a cartoonist for a New York publication leading to work in advertising for various brands.
These images come to us from the Dr. Seuss Collection at UC San Diego. If you are ever in town and have access to the collection, I highly recommend it.
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