Although Seuss was terrified of public speaking, after Mulberry Street’s 1937 publication, he agreed to address a Westchester women’s college. When the day came he feigned illness, but was gently pushed out the door by his wife to catch a train. Two hours later the college phoned to say he wasn’t there. Toward dusk Ted came home confessing he had spent the afternoon, white-knuckled, inspecting Grand Central Station.
Stag at Eve by Ted Geisel aka Dr Seuss, typical of his works from 1930s to 1940s is the featured black background, he called it the Deco period. Pablo Picasso's use of blue backgrounds from 1901 - 1904 is a similar technique.