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.

[Portrait of Benito Mussolini]
The  jobless negro
Imminent Fall of Jochu
The animals’ conference | Konferenz der Tiere. English
16 Gemälde und 4 Plastiken, aus der Grossen Deutschen Kunstausstellung, 1943: im Haus der Deutschen Kunst zu München ; mehrfarbenbuchdruck-Reproduktionen | Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung, 1943
Mr. Prikkeldraad No. 2: Dit is Meester Prikkeldraad, Die Denkt, Dat Wij na den Oorlog... [Mr. Barbedwire No. 2: This is Mr. Barbedwire, who thinks that we, after the war...]
Our country did it before and we are going to help do it again!
[His Tools: Democracy, the Masons, Communism, Capitalism]
Boys  in the woods
Il Re [The King]
Caro babbo tanti bocetti
When I send you a picture of Berlin, you'll know it's over, "Over there," I'm coming home
Juventud Considera el Servicio Militar Obligatorio Como un Honor [Youth Consider Compulsory Military Service as an Honor]