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Anti-Khruschev propaganda leaflet

An amazing propaganda leaflet from Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev’s visit to the United States in 1960. It was during this trip that  he famously banged a shoe on his desk in the United Nations General Assembly. The recto of this wonderful little leaflet features virulent anti-Khruschev, anti-Communist language, apparently sincere but of dubious literary merit. […]

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KHS, The World According to Ronald Reagan. NP: Orange Coast Intelligence, 1987.

Unrecorded 1987 map of The World According to Ronald Reagan

An entertaining and entirely unrecorded 1987 cartographic satire offering a liberal caricature of the world according to Ronald Reagan. The map depicts the United States and Soviet Union wildly out of scale with the rest of the world. Reagan in full gunfighter regalia stands astride a hypertrophied California, while Leonid Brezhnev, teeth bared and wearing […]

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Illustrated Cold War Current Event Calendars for 1981-87 and 1989.

Cold War-era desk calendars, massively extra-illustrated by a disgruntled Cold Warrior

Collection of government-issue desk calendars, massively illustrated during the Cold War by a disenchanted Department of Defense employee with 1000s of images of personal, local, national and international significance. The illustrator was a mid-level (GS-11/12) civilian planner and operations officer/analyst who worked for the Department of Defense at the US Army’s Combined Arms Combat Development […]

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Four nuclear deterrence propaganda posters

Nuclear deterrence and the B-1 bomber

Unrecorded set of posters extolling the necessity and benefits of America’s strategy of nuclear deterrence and the importance of the B-1 bomber thereto. Given the vast sums and many stakeholders, major military procurement programs are inherently controversial, and the B-1 nuclear-capable bomber was no exception. It was in fact cancelled by President Carter in 1977 […]

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Research by Marvin Resnikoff / Design by Richard Bickhart / Printed by Faculty Press, THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX TRANSPORTATION ROUTES. New York: Radioactive Waste Campaign, 1988.

Thematic map protesting the transport of nuclear weapons and material across the United States

A compelling 1988 persuasive map protesting the variety and volume of dangerous nuclear weapons and material being transported across the United States. The map depicts the United States covered with lines and symbols delineating routes for “truck and rail transportation of nuclear materials among the primary nuclear weapons production facilities, laboratories, and waste sites.” The […]

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Isaac Don Levine, “GULAG”—SLAVERY, INC. THE DOCUMENTED MAP OF FORCED LABOR CAMPS IN SOVIET RUSSIA[.] New Edition (1951)… New York: Free Trade Union Committee of the American Federation of Labor, 1951.

Anti-Communist propaganda map of the Soviet Gulag

A rare and chilling relic of the Cold War, being a “persuasive map” published with covert CIA support and documenting the vast extent of the Soviet Gulag system. So effective that many tens of thousands of copies of this and similar maps were distributed worldwide. The Gulag was created under Vladimir Lenin almost immediately after […]

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David Horsey, The World According to Ronald Reagan. Seattle: AA Graphics, Inc., 1987.

1987 map of The World According to Ronald Reagan

An entertaining 1987 persuasive map offering a liberal caricature of the world view of President Ronald Reagan. The map uses a pictorial style to depict the United States and Soviet Union wildly out of scale with the rest of the world. Reagan in full gunfighter regalia stands astride a hypertrophied California, while a dour Gorbachev, […]

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