War and Political Propaganda

Collection Description

The Wolfsonian holds an impressive collection of war propaganda from almost all the combatant countries in both World Wars along with a number of smaller wars. Items in this category range widely from posters, postcards, sheet music, and medallions to paintings and sculpture.

The collection also contains holdings related to the far-reaching propaganda campaigns waged during the interwar period, especially by the totalitarian governments of Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union. Vivid representations of the personality cults constructed around the dictators of these countries are also prevalent, such as a Central Asian tapestry portraying Joseph Stalin or a poster depicting Benito Mussolini in the guise of a Roman emperor.

Wereldvijand No. 1 [World Enemy No. 1]
Tobacco field, Cuba
La España de Burgos | The Spain of Burgos
Instituto Nacional de Prevision (Institut National de Prevoyance): Assurance Vieillesse, 4 | National Institute of Forecasting: old age insurance, 4
Hitler Will Send No Warning - So Always Carry Your Gas Mask
Fiat 500: la vetturetta del lavoro e del risparmio | Fiat 500: the car for work and for economizing
Italiani e stranieri alla Mostra della rivoluzione fascista | Italians and foreigners at the Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution
Liberté...Liberté Cherie...Conduis Soutiens Nos Bras Vengeurs [Liberty...Sweet Liberty...Guide and Support Our Vengeful Arms]
El  pillatje deshonra el triomf: eviteu-lo! | Thievery dishonors the triumph: avoid it!
We Demand
Two anthropomorphic bulldozers looking at Hitler, Hirohito and Mussolini
Feature comics
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