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.

Vrijheid; Je Maintiendrai 5 Mei 1945 [Freedom; I shall Maintain 5 May 1945]
Winterhulp Nederland [Winter Relief The Netherlands]
Grosse Reichs-Ausstellung Schaffendes Volk [Great State Exhibition A Nation at Work]
Save Freedom of Speech: Buy War Bonds
Propaganda tricks, good and bad
Ours...to Fight for Freedom from Want
Power for Defense
Vittorio Emmanuele
Ende Dispereert Niet
Guerra [War]
Compact: eagle with shield
The  British Empire panels designed for the House of Lords by Frank Brangwyn
Gee! You're wonderful! A valentine for my sweetheart in the service!
Save Rubber: Check your Tires Now
Nu Kalder Danmark Paa Sine Børn Farvel for Evigt du Tyske Ørn [Now Denmark Calling on his Children Goodbye Forever you German Eagle]