On the 100th anniversary of his birth, the U.S. Postal Service will dedicate the Theodor Seuss Geisel commemorative postage stamp. The new stamp will travel around the world on letters, cards and packages, honoring the Pulitzer Prize-winning author better known as Dr. Seuss, who introduced countless children to the joys of reading.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he soon began a career as an artist and writer. He sold cartoons and humorous prose to Life, Liberty and Vanity Fair magazines, and made his first foray into book illustration in 1931, providing the artwork for two collections of children's sayings.
Geisel authored 44 books for children using rhyming text combined with illustrations, unusual in children's books when his first manuscript was presented to publishers in the 1930s. In fact, 27 publishers rejected his first book before Vanguard Press decided to print it in 1937. Reviewers recognized that Dr. Seuss had created a new kind of book that appealed to a child's imagination and sense of humor.