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.

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Un Oubli [An Oversight]
Hablar de la Falange es nombrar a España. Unidad Unidad Unidad [To speak of the Falange is to speak of Spain. Unity, Unity, Unity]
The Machine Man
Ramón Franco Bahamond
1917 [calendar]
6° Reggimento Genio "Per Aspra Via Ad Aspra Meta" [6° Engineers Regiment "For Harsh Way to Bitter Half"]
Radio National [National Radio]
Study of GI's loading boxes on supply trucks
Dornröschen | Sleeping beauty
Mediterraneo: Roma, Genova, Marsiglia, Barcellona, Roma
New York (an outline)
Ours...to Fight for Freedom from Fear
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Indie Moet Vrij! Werkt en Vecht Ervoor! [The (Dutch East) Indies Must Be Free! Work and Fight For It!]