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.

Preparatory drawing for an illustration in Nederland-Lombok [Holland-Red Pepper]
Daily Worker
World peace march
Bits of Careless Talk are Pieced Together by the Enemy
Frankreichs Schuld | France's shame
Study of paratroopers leaping from airplane
[African American soldier looting an Italian church]
Study of Corporal Alec Wood, R.F.C.
Scottsboro: a story in linoleum cuts
Cafeteria tray
Joan of Arc, they are calling you
Divinità! Gli Italiani si avanzano sempre!...Sta buono! Si vede che ancora non hanno veduta la mia uniforme cosi imponente!
Solidaridad Internacional Antifascista
Hilf dies Haus schützen! [Help Defend the House!]