I found this colorful article on Digg about this Anniversary. I think you’ll find not a particle of this article out-of-place. Now race to click the link – while I sink and become pink – that Green and Eggs and Ham is older than many who read my daily think . His prose is still like a rose to those in the know. And to those – who are just beginning the show.
To me, the art just doesn’t seem like a graphic product of the “mid-century”. It is timeless, more like a piece of Danish mid-century furniture than mid-century graphic art.
After reading the article, I decided to do a check on recent sales of Dr. Seuss items. In checking LiveAuctioneers, I found a signed photo sold for $350, a printed Cat in the Hat Stationary card, with autograph, sold for $100. The strongest sellers seemed to be original cartoon art with autographs. One was a 4″H x 6″W yellow giraffe with autograph selling for $950.00. The second was an original Cat and the Hat felt tip drawing, measuring 10″H x 6″W , with autograph which sold for $2525.00. Both pieces of original felt tip art sold in England in the last two years. Values for books, sold at auction, ranged from $5-$35.
Since I knew little about Seuss, I checked out Wikipedia and found Seuss was his middle name, that he wrote over sixty books for children, and also was an ad illustrator. I found the fact that ” during World War II, he worked in an animation department of the U.S Army, where he wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. ” to be the most unexpected finding. This film dealt with Japanese culture and the origins of the war. Before this he was a political cartoonist for a New York paper.
I also found it interesting that he did not have any children. Wiki reports him as saying , when asked about this, “You have ’em; I’ll entertain ’em.”
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