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!]
Emprunt de la Défense Nationale [National Defense Loan]
Bracelet: US Army
Untitled [Soldier holding a flag]
Quaderno di __________: S.E. Benito Mussolini, capo del governo e duce del fascismo
W. I Liberatori! [W. The Liberators!]
Durruti: el héroe del pueblo, imitémosle | Durruti: the hero of the people, we emulate
Cartoon vehicles leading anthropomorphous fife and drum corps
Imminent Fall of Jochu
Tarjeta Postal de Campaña
Y.C.L. builder
The  Igorrotes
"Van je vrienden" moet je 't hebben! Nijmegen, Enschede, Arnhem. ["With Friends Like These" Who Needs Enemies! Nijmegen, Enschede, Arnhem]
Divisione d'assalto "Littorio": 2º. Reggimento d'Assalto "CC.NN."
Bomben auf Engeland | Bombs on England