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And even in the s, the Soviets were still relying on powerful posters to portray America as their most-bitter enemy. It was posters like this that had kept millions of Russians from questioning why life outside the Soviet Union was supposedly so much better.
Even Pablo Picasso got in on the act, and his painting of Guernica was done to show all the horrors of the Spanish Civil War — around the world, foreigners who had known nothing about it were suddenly looking at Spain, and asking questions. Even today, propaganda posters are used whenever someone wants somebody else to react a certain way, to believe something that might not be quite right. DCT Passport. Sign up to our Weekly newsletter.
Your Country Needs You: The Secret History of the Propaganda Poster
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Kokoda Updated Edition. Scapa Archaeology of a Scuttled Fleet. From hockey field to the battlefield. Journal reveals WW1 veterans at most reflective - and ribald. These documents provided details of the production of almost official recruitment posters produced during the war and indicated which ones were deemed popular. He also analysed thousands of photographs of street scenes and recruitment offices from the period in search of the image, again, without finding it.
In his new book, Your Country Needs You, Mr Taylor traced the picture back to its origins, on 5th September , barely a month after the start of the war.
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It had been designed by Alfred Leete, a graphic artist, who had adapted a portrait of Kitchener to give him the distinctive pointing finger. In a subsequent edition, a week later, the magazine, which had a circulation of almost ,, said readers would be able to buy postcards of the image for 1s.
Despite this, Mr Taylor has not been able to track down any surviving examples in public or private collections.
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Mr Taylor, who will present his research at an event at the National Army Museum, west London, next month, found that the original artwork for the magazine was acquired by the Imperial War Museum in and was mistakenly catalogued as part of the poster collection, contributing to later misunderstanding about its use. It has taken on a new kind of life.
It is such a good image and saying that it was later seized upon. Some many historians and books have used it and kept repeating how influential it was, that people have come to accept it. That poster, designed in , had limited distribution and no public display. However, Mr Taylor said there was no evidence the poster was particularly popular or a dominant design of the war, as some historians have claimed.