Sunday, September 18, 2011

Antimalarial Campaign for GIs, Daddy-O Style

Booklet cover with caricature of Ann the mosquito in a come hither pose.
Theodor Seuss Geisel;
 from 1943 War Department
“This is Ann…” writes Theodor Seuss Geisel [yes, Dr. Seuss] in his 1943 World War II Army instructional pamphlet about how GIs can protect themselves [in Africa, the Caribbean, India, South and Southwest Pacific and other “hot spots”] from the Anopheles mosquito.
  • Use netting correctly
  • Wear clothing
  • Wear repellent even over clothing [especially over the seat of the pants as this is a favorite target].
  • Army is draining pools and ditches and poisoning ones that can’t be drained.
  • Don’t go into native villages.
  • Report headaches, chills, and fevers and seek treatment.
His illustrations are what you would expect, but the prose is non-rhyming and the dialog not appropriate for young children:
“The best protection you have with you all the time is your clothes. If you go running around like a strip teaser, you haven’t got a chance”….from Theodor Seuss Geisel: The Early Works of Dr. Seuss vol 1; 2005; Checker Book Publishing Group
All-in-all, it’s fun to see his foray into infectious diseases. Also included in this book are WWII editorial cartoons, a mention of his WWII documentaries written with Chuck Jones, and various advertising campaigns he was involved in.
  

3 comments:

  1. That is so cool. Have you read "Path Between the Seas" yet?

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  2. Thanks for mentioning that book Ernie. I am planning a post about it later in the year. David McCullough is a great writer. What in particular made you think of it?

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  3. Excellent, sounds as though it would have been useful and readable!

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