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.

20 Ottobre! [October 20!]
We Demand
Save Freedom of Speech: Buy War Bonds
La  Scoperta della vera America | Discovering the real America
Atacar es vencer: Todos al ataque como un solo hombre! | To attack is to win: ¡everyone to the attack like a single man!
The Fighting Filipinos
UZ Slovenskovstava Puta Si Strhava
Fiat 500: la vetturetta del lavoro e del risparmio | Fiat 500: the car for work and for economizing
One Swine Too Many...
Model for a monument
[Portrait of Benito Mussolini]
Inutili offerte! | Useless offerings!
Winterhulp Nederland Collecte 4-6 Maart [Winter Relief The Netherlands Collection March 4-6]
The British "Lancaster" Heavy Bomber