The Power of Propaganda
WWII history buffs, hearing the word propaganda, think immediately of Josef Goebbels, Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda during the Third Reich…
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A masterful piece of propaganda, this poster appeals to the protective familial instinct of the millions of women and men on the home front. The image of the older boy standing protectively above his sister while one hand grips a model warbird and the other guards his younger brother is brilliant. The doll lying corpse-like half-in the shadow of the swastika is extremely evocative.
Vladimir Lenin looks confident and ready for action wearing the ultimate in post-revolution male fashion. The generously cut jacket, trousers and vest are handmade by peasants using the most mediocre materials. His shirt and tie have a secret; they're one piece! No more tying knots like capitalist pigs! His brain-baker hat completes the ensemble and is available in any color you like, as long as it's communist. All pieces are guaranteed to last for at least three months, if not worn.
A poster showing Lenin during a speech as he tells the audience about the time he went hunting and shot a bear that was, "...at least this tall, I swear. And, it was mad, too. But I wasn't scared, unlike Stalin, who was crying like a little girl." Nah, what he's really doing is waving bye-bye to his comrades and entreating them to, "peace out".
A poster celebrating Russian facial hair styles over the years. Again, I'm joking. Not being able to read the Cyrillic alphabet means I tend to irritate my girlfriend by making up stupid translations for text such as that on this poster. Obviously, it's an homage to Marx, Engels (I guess. He's like the Art Garfunkel of Commies), and Lenin. It's an open secret that Karl Marx was reincarnated as Jerry Garcia, and took to heroin because he couldn't stand another life with that itchy beard.
This has to be an anti "Star Wars" poster. Not Star Wars as in Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, but Star Wars as in giant nuclear missile platforms and death rays secretly built by Space Shuttle astronauts and placed in geo-stationary orbit over the Soviet Union. Man, Reagan sure pissed off those Reds. I thought the Russian word for "no" was "nyet", but I suppose "Het!" expresses the same general sentiment of, "I don't think so, punk."
The text reads: "All we are saying, comrade, is give peace a chance." I'm joking. Actually, it reads: "The colossal dove of peace will slaughter all warmongers and mean people with the merciless death-feather of love." Joking again. I have no idea what it says. I just like the design.
One People, One State, One Leader! This poster was meant to help convince the people of Austria to vote in favor of the Anschluss, or Germany's annexation of the country. Hitler planned on taking Austria by military occupation regardless of the outcome of any vote. In all likelihood, if he had allowed the vote to proceed, the Austrians would have joined the Reich eagerly and there would have been no need for a show of force. Hitler, however, needed that show of force to intimidate opponents.