Dr. Seuss, Commodore Of The Seuss Navy, Charcoal Portrait Essomarine 1938 Rare
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Dr. Seuss, Commodore Of The Seuss Navy, Charcoal Portrait Essomarine 1938 Rare:
Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
Medium: Charcoal on Paper on Bordered Template
19"×23", Dr. Seuss portrait. Only a few of these portraits still exist, with the only others know to reside at the Geisel Library at the University of California in San Diego. As part of his deal with Essomarine in conjunction with the World's Fair in NYC in 1938, Ted Geisel held a Seuss Navy Admiral Luncheon at the Hotel Astor on January 12th, 1939. The event was used to promote the Essomarine brand, and in true Ted style, throwing a lavish party was "cheaper than advertizing". As part of the event, high profile vessel captains were invited. Ted made them honorable Commodores of the Seuss Navy. A momento to take away from the lavish luncheon was a hand drawn portrait in charcoal by the Dr. himself. The pre-printed Seussian border contains many memorable characters including his beloved fish. There are hole punches on each corner, which is presumed to have been used to pin the template to an easel. 'Ted Kezer' who is the main pictured in this wonderful and rare piece of ephemera was indeed a high profile captain of the time from NH. He in fact captained a University of New Hamphshire expedition with 25 Geologists to the Isle of Shoals off the coast of Portsmouth NH.
A truly wonderful piece of history from arguably the most important children's authors of all time.