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.

La libera America promette dollari e lavoro agli Italiani [Free America Promises Dollars and Work to Italians]
Plate: cross inside wreath
Toppling the Swastika
Ente Radio Rurale, La Guerra Aerochimica: una Città Bombardata, N. 12. Radioprogramma, N. 62 [Rural Radio Corporation, Air Chemical War: a Bombed City, N. 12. Radio Program, N. 62]
Non sciupate il pane: Italiani: non sciupate il pane!
Credere, obbedire, combattere [Believe, Obey, Fight]
Kinder, was wisst ihr vom Führer? | Children, what do you know of the leader?
Bits of Careless Talk are Pieced Together by the Enemy
Commemorative table lighter in the form of a missile
La Coruña: Riazor, Terraza | The Corunna: Riazor, Square
[Portrait of Benito Mussolini]
Lies auch du den SA-Mann Dein Kamerad im Kleinkrieg des Alltags [Also you Draw Lots the SA-Man Your Comrade in the Small War of the Everyday Life]
La Superbia....Militarizzata [Pride ... Militarism]
1917 [calendar]
United We Win