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    THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL (DR. SEUSS) (American 1904 - 1991)
    The Tiller of the Soil, 1942, original newspaper editorial cartoon illustration for PM, August 3, 1942
    Ink on paper
    20 x 19in.
    Signed lower right

    This hard-hitting editorial cartoon, a landmark piece from the World War II era, appeared in the New York newspaper PM. Dr. Seuss turned his withering wit on the Fuehrer himself, Adolf Hitler. On his web page, media historian Philip Nel (Harold, Barnaby, and Dave: A Biography of Crockett Johnson) offers these insights into PM and Dr. Seuss' participation, "Whether PM stood for 'P. M.' (it was ostensibly an afternoon paper, though its first editions came out in the A. M.) or 'Picture Magazine' (it pioneered the use of photographs to convey information) no one knows for sure. Ralph Ingersoll, former editor for The New Yorker , Fortune, and Time, founded PM as an alternative to the generally conservative New York newspapers. PM was proudly anti-Poll Tax, anti-Fascist, and a supporter of Roosevelt. Published on June 18, 1940, PM's first issue expressed his goals most succinctly: 'PM is against people who push other people around; PM accepts no advertising; PM belongs to no political party; PM is absolutely free and uncensored; PM's sole source of income is its readers, to whom it alone is responsible; PM is one newspaper that can and dares to tell the truth.' PM's bold mission attracted some of the best photojournalists, writers, and artists, including the left-leaning journalist I. F. Stone, novelists Ernest Hemingway and Erskine Caldwell, future Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, photographers Margaret Bourke-White and Arthur Fellig (better known as 'Weegee'), cartoonist Carl Rose, and Dr. Seuss. In 1941, Dr. Seuss was concerned about the rapidly expanding world war: though a maj


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    December, 2007
    12th Wednesday
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