Here’s a racist drawing from Dr. Seuss

In the four-panel drawing titled “Cross-Section of The World’s Most Prosperous Department Store,” the artist depicts scenarios in which rich men can purchase items to make their lives more difficult.

These include a fly for your ointment and a monkey wrench for your machinery. The final and largest panel features a crowd of men rendered in classic blackface caricature, with dark skin and pronounced red lips, being presented to a white shopper. A sign reads: “A nigger for your woodpile.”

One Particularly Upsetting And Racist Dr. Seuss Cartoon Is Heading To Auction

By Priscilla Frank

Most of us know Mr. Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, for his classic children’s characters like Yertle the Turtle and the Cat in the Hat. However, before his reign as king of kids’ lit, Seuss contributed some disturbing and rather racist content to a conservative satirical magazine called Judge.

One particularly upsetting image from this period is currently headed to auction: a hand-drawn, hand-painted illustration that dates back to 1929. Titled “Cross-Section of The World’s Most Prosperous Department Store,” the illustration features “three panels which show men at a department store picking out various merchandise to make their lives more difficult.”


Dr. Seuss was a racist; you say how can that BE…Because HE didn’t like human beings who looked like ME…Dr. Seuss wasn’t IMMUNE, his racism blossomed and BLOOMED…He made wickedly racist CARTOONS to make black people look like BUFFOONS
—  Born Free #therealbornfree (The Book of Born Free…The Wisdom of Living Right Now!)

This awesome structure is a house located in the southern wilds of Alaska, somewhere between the areas known as Willow and Talkeetna. According to locals, the original owner built the bottommost level shortly after a forest fire, which meant the house had an unobscured view of Denali/Mt. McKinley. As the forest surrounding the house recovered, the owner’s view was obstructed by trees, so he simply added more levels to stay above the canopy. And then he just kept right on building. The unusual appearance of this towering home has earned it the delightfully apt nickname of the “Dr. Seuss House.” It was abandoned for years, but now has a new owner who is renovating the property. 

Click here for a short aerial video shot by Alaska Aerial Footage to get an even better look at this amazing abode.

Photos by Jovell Rennie

[via Colossal and Unusual Places]

dr. seuss quotes for the signs
  • aries:don't give up, i believe in you all! a person's a person, no matter how small!
  • taurus:if things start happening...don't worry, don't stew. just go right along, and you'll start happening too!
  • gemini:today you are you! that is truer than true! there is no one alive who is you-er than you!
  • cancer:today i shall behave as if this is the day i will be remembered!
  • leo:remember that life's a great balancing act. and will you succeed? yes! you will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) kid, you'll move mountains!
  • virgo:think left and think right, think low and think high, oh, the things you can think up if only you try!
  • libra:congratulations! today is your day. you're off to great places, you're off and away!
  • scorpio:i've bought a big bat, i'm ready you'll see, my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
  • sagittarius:today was good. today was fun. tomorrow is another one!
  • capricorn:you're on your own and you know what you know, and you're the one who'll decide where to go!
  • aquarius:unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. it's not!
  • pisces:be who you are! and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind!