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Posters from the WPA

Posters from the WPA
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Offensive & Politically Incorrect Advertising & Propaganda Racism This marmelade ad from 1910 shows amongst others, a golliwog. I've never seen one in my lifetime, but, to my surprise, they are apparently still for sale in some countries. A classic take on the classic stereotype of the black servant (or slave?) No fuss, to the point racist packaging. With the combination of the Uncle Sam figure and the proclamation in his hand, its reasonable to suspect that this 1882 advert is a kind of weird play on the Chinese Exclusion Act which was passed as US law that same year. More than a century later, in 2007, we find these somewhat less explicit posters in Switzerland, promoting the right wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) and various supported initiatives. Naturally, the birds trying to get a bite out of Switzerland aren't white doves or owls, they're crows, black as the night, with obvious symbolism. Cigarettes I think anyone who's ever inhaled a puff of cigarette smoke could see the irony in recommending smoking as a treatment for a sore throat.

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VASAVA The Evolution of Propaganda Design: US Retro Posters The emergence of a new kind of aesthetic in Russian and Soviet art after the revolution of 1917 largely resulted from the state having experienced a revolution, the arts became revolutionary too and changed dramatically. In the United States, no such revolution occurred, which is quite evident in US World War I propaganda, which usually employs a visual language similar to earlier works. By the time of the Great Depression of the 1930s things really started to change, and American posters took on a new direction. I include some posters here that weren't state sponsored, and thus might not be propaganda in a strict sense, but I consider them all noteworthy and interesting, so I hope you can forgive me for this. While American propaganda of this period carried on older traditions in graphic design, and was not as groundbreaking as Soviet propaganda of the same period, it is nevertheless fascinating. World War I 1 & 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. New Deal 8 & 9. 10 & 11. 12, 13, 14 & 15. 16. 17. 18.

ALAKAZAM! The Chairman Smiles - Introduction The former Soviet Union, Cuba, and China: three countries where posters played an important political role and received a large amount of artistic attention. This is a selection of 145 political posters, famous masterpieces as well as equally beautiful but unknown examples drawn from the collection of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. 'The Chairman Smiles' gives an image of stormy political developments. The Chinese posters include not only a number from the period of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), with the glorification of Mao Zedong, idyllic scenes in agricultural communes and sharp attacks on political opponents, but also extremely rare posters from circa 1949 to the early 1960s, with the establishment of the People's Republic and the campaign for the Great Leap Forward . Of course, the image these posters give is not impartial. Go to: Soviet posters Cuban posters Chinese posters Additional information:

Christopher Cox - Changethethought 01/04/08 - 01/05/08 In 1970 Angela Davis, Communist Party member, radical and sympathiser of the black power movement that included the Black Panthers, was captured by police. Accused of being an accomplice to an attempted Black Panther escape attempt she was held until 1972 when she was tried and acquitted. There were a number of Cuban posters celebrating the Black Panthers, and supporting the American civil rights movement. This 1972 poster by Alfredo Rostgaard celebrating Davis' release is typical of Cuban artists' reliance on visual techniques, lacking explanatory text. For such a major event (Davis arrived in Cuba to a rapturous welcome soon after her release) the lack of bright colour in this poster is a surprise. When I visited Rostgaard in Cuba a few years ago he showed me a lot of his recent work that featured sprayed ink but this is the only poster I have seen that uses the technique.

Andrew Holder

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