Sunday, January 27, 2008

Dr. Seuss, ad guy

My head's still spinning from everything that was packed into the 84-minute Political Dr. Seuss documentary I watched a couple of weeks ago. Another SBB-relevant tidbit: at the start of his career, Theodor Geisel was an ad guy, creating illustrations for companies like GE, NBC Radio, and Standard Oil. The ads are drawn in Geisel's inimitable style, which would evolve as he developed characters like the Grinch, the Lorax, and the Cat in the Hat.

Originals and sketches of Geisel's ad work are housed at the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego, and you can view samples online at The Advertising Artwork of Dr. Seuss.

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