See Dr. Seuss' World War II Malaria Pamphlet


As we know, Dr. Seuss was a man of many talents and occupations. Aside from his iconic children’s books, he did some wonderful advertising artwork, a naughty adult volume called The Seven Lady Godivas, and had a thing for H.P. Lovecraft. OK, so that last one is just a contemporary tribute to Dr. Seuss. But one truly obscure bit of the author/illustrator’s work is the malaria awareness pamphlet he made for the US Army during his time as a captain in World War II. In typical Seuss style, he personifies the Anopheles Mosquito as a character named “Ann” who drinks blood and preys on GIs who swim at night: “Head nets, rolled-down sleeves, leggings and gloves may seem like sissy stuff and not so comfortable — BUT, a guy out cold from MALARIA is just as stiff as the one who stopped a hunk of steel.” Click through to see Captain Theodore Seuss Geisel’s pamphlet illustrations, and visit Laughing Squid to learn about the military newsmaps where his work also appeared.