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16 February 2009 @ 08:42 pm
Early Dr Seuss and a difficult mystery photo  


Before he started writing and illustrating children's books which he will be remembered for (and which are pretty much implanted into our collective DNA by now), Theodore Geisel had already had a long artistic career. He did a lot of advertising art and political cartoons, all with a sharper edge to his interesting (that is, screwball) style than we later saw. This helpful guide to stage magic appeared in JUDGE.



One of the more challenging of the mystery photos, from 1935. The two chaps on the left side of the photo can be dismissed for now, but the chubby guy in the vest and two colleagues to his left are important if you love animation. They created some of the most popular and successful (both artistically and commercially) cartoons of the 20th Century.
 
 
 
egm3 on February 17th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
Would say chubby guy in vest is Tex Avery.
Blond guy on left...maybe Chuck Jones.
No idea about the guy in the sweater.
t_guy on February 17th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on that being Termite Terrace. So maybe the guy in the cardigan is Bob Clampett? Bob McKimson?

Yes, I'm thrashing around with guesses...
dr_hermes on February 17th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed. We owe many hapy hours to these guys. From left to right: Virgil Ross, Sid Sutherland, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett.
full_metal_ox on February 17th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Now that you've mentioned the two in the same post, didn't Dr. Seuss and the Termite Terrace gang collaborate on the Private Snafu cartoons?