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Anonymous, UNIVERSITY OF CALIF., BERKELY DEFENSE CONTRACTS. [Berkeley, Feb. 1971].

Vietnam-era broadside protesting UC-Berkeley’s complicity in the U.S. war machine

An appalling and very rare piece of anti-war propaganda calling attention to the University of California-Berkeley’s involvement in defense research during the Vietnam War. The broadside features a persuasive map of the Berkeley campus, overprinted in color to indicate programs with contracts with the Department of Defense (blue) and the Atomic Energy Commission (red).  A […]

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[John Norman?], AMERICA TRIUMPHANT and BRITANNIA in DISTRESS. [Boston, late 1781?]

America gloats, even before Yorktown

A rare 1781 cartoon celebrating American independence, in an almost uncanny anticipation of the impending British surrender at Yorktown. This late-Revolutionary cartoon shows America “sitting on that quarter of the globe with the Flag of the United States displayed over her head; holding in one hand the Olive branch, inviting the ships of all nations […]

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[Theodore Geisel and Munro Leaf] / Army Orientation Course, Special Service Division, Army Service Forces, [recto:] THIS IS Ann.. …she drinks blood!  [verso:] NEWSMAP / MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1943. Washington, D.C.: War Department, 1943.  Double-sided poster printed in color halftone, 34 ¾”h x 47”w at sheet edge. Minor smudging at one corner, else excellent.

World War II anti-malaria poster by Doctor Seuss

A clever, striking and rather rare pairing of anti-malaria poster and pamphlet produced for members of the American military during World War II, illustrated by Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.   The Japanese conquest of Indonesia and the Philippines in early 1942 cut the Allies off from their supply of cinchona bark, which provides the […]

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Make good the promise [:] SECOND WAR FUND One Hundred Million Dollars MAY 20th-27th. [New York?: American Red Cross, 1918.]

Spectacular American Red Cross First World War fundraising poster

A mammoth, vibrant and apparently very effective American Red Cross poster exhorting citizens to contribute to its Second War Fund drive in May 1918. The poster features an outline map of northeastern North America, the Atlantic and northern Europe. The continents are linked by a vibrant rainbow originating in an American pot of gold—bearing the […]

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First World War propaganda map

A large and dramatic propaganda map, published in London during the First World War to demonstrate Germany’s aggressive intentions through the words of her own leaders and intellectuals. The poster features a large map of the world, with regions held or allegedly coveted by Germany colored a vivid red such that the overall effect is of a tide of […]

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A World War I propaganda map

A clever and surprisingly rare First World War propaganda map contrasting British economic might with the parlous state of the German economy. The image consists of two world maps. That at top identifies dozens of countries on six continents and highlights the nature of their trade with Great Britain. Lest one misses the point, a panel […]

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World War I propaganda map

A large and dramatic World War I propaganda poster, cleverly demonstrating Germany’s aggressive intentions through the words of her own leaders and intellectuals.  Regions held or allegedly coveted by her are colored an unmistakable blood red. This is one of several such images published by Stanford’s Geographical Establishment in support of the war effort. References Persuasive […]

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[Archive of material related to the Washington, DC anti-war protests of late April-early May 1971.] Washington, DC: May Day Collective, The People’s Lobby, et al, 1971

Rare ephemera group from the 1971 May Day protests in Washington, DC

Fascinating group of materials issued to participants in the April-May 1971 anti-war protests in Washington, DC, including a mix of polemical and propaganda pieces, legal and logistical guides, and a number of maps depicting areas to be targerted.. By 1971 domestic opposition to the Nixon Administration’s prosecution of the Vietnam War had grown, becoming both […]

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THE WORLD CANNOT LIVE HALF SLAVE, HALF FREE / THE PRUSSIAN BLOT. [Washington, D.C?]: State Council of Defense, [prob. 1917].

Striking propaganda poster advocating American intervention in WWI

A striking First World War propaganda poster featuring a persuasive map with a blood-red “ Prussian blot ” spreading across much of Europe and the Near East. The poster’s context has been described ably by collector P.J. Mode, whom I quote in full: “From the outbreak of World War I until America’s declaration of war […]

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