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.

Chicago "Goes Over the Top" May 10 1919
"Coming events cast their shadows..."
Blackout flashlight
Za naši samostatnost: Ceskoslovenská armáda | For our independence: Czechoslovak army
French toys
N.V. Nederlandsche Spoorwegen [Dutch Railway Company]
Ministero educazione nazionale : op. naz. "balilla"
Plate: Luftgau Moskau
Quaderno | Notebook
Ours...to Fight for Freedom from Want
Impiegate Bene I Vostri Risparmi Sottoscrivendo Al Prestito Del Littorio [You use well your savings subscribing to the loan of the Littorio]
Gli  unni e gli altri!
Hütet Euch vor dieser Giftsaat! [Protect Yourself from this Poisonous Seed!]
Don't Fall For Enemy Propaganda