Once Upon A Time…Dr. Seuss’ Racist Illustration

Before The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and all of the other riddled offerings that adorned our children’s book collection from Dr. Seuss, there was this…


The above 1929 illustration, entitled “Cross-Section The World’s Most Prosperous Department Store,” features men in a department store shopping for items to make their lives more difficult.

Dr. Seuss submitted the offensive piece to a conservative satirical magazine called Judge before the author became the go-to of children’s literature.

Once you reach the third panel, BOOM – racist slurs and stereotypical images of people in Blackface are shown. The sign is enough to set your emotions ablaze. The use of words such as “high satisfaction guaranteed” shoots daggers all around.

As racially charged as the image is, according to the Huffington Post, it is currently headed to auction with a minimum bid of $20,000.

Later in his career, the Doc worked to reverse these racist ideologies by creating anti-racist cartoons. And by the time you and I were born, his works were a staple to have in the classroom and home book collections.

Knowing Dr. Seuss’ work catalogue, then and now, do you think the auction will be a success?

Share you thoughts in the comments!