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10 War Department Newsmaps from 1945, focusing on the pivot to the Pacific Theatre

Ten War Dept. Newsmaps from 1945, focusing on the pivot to the Pacific

Ten striking propaganda Newsmaps published by the U.S. War Department during the Second World War, covering roughly the period between the surrenders of Nazi Germany and Japan. Unusual in being accompanied by their original War Department mailing envelope. This run of Newsmaps is not continuous, but all were issued between May 7 and August 13, […]

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Designed by Bureau of Naval Personnel Training Aids / U.S. Government Printing Office, Nav War Map No. 4 / THE NORTH PACIFIC AREA. Washington: Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Dept., 1944.

Striking U.S. Navy map of the North Pacific in WWII

A mammoth and colorful propaganda map of the North Pacific issued by the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. This impressive, separately-published poster highlights events across the North Pacific, beginning with the Japanese strikes of late 1941 and early 1942. The attack on Pearl Harbor is highlighted, for example, by a depiction of […]

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Albert Sebille and Jean Druet (under direction of Jacques Babu), LA SECURITE LA PROSPERITE DE L’EMPIRE FRANCAIS EXIGENT DE NOTRE PAYS UNE MARINE FORTE ET TOUJOURS PRETE. Paris: Chassany & Cie, éditeurs, for the Ministerre de la Marine, ca. 1940.

Propaganda poster celebrating the French Navy

A rare and striking propaganda poster celebrating the importance and might of the French Navy, probably issued on the eve of the German invasion in 1940. The poster features a central map of the world, with France, its colonies and territories highlighted in yellow, major shipping routes in red, and tiny triangles indicating French naval […]

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SPK [or] PSK, CONFIANCE… SES AMPUTATIONS SE POURSUIVENT MÉTHODIQUEMENT (“Have Faith… The Systematic Amputations Are Continuing.”) [Paris, 1941 or 1942.]

Amputations from the Churchillian octopus

An iconic propaganda poster, published in German-occupied France and depicting Churchill as a badly-wounded octopus. Confiance was intended to undermine support for both the British and Free French forces in the early years of the Second World War. It features possibly the ugliest octopus ever rendered in print, bearing the face of Winston Churchill rendered […]

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[Title of recto translating to “Vietnam in Battle” / title of verso translating to “The Power of People’s War is Incomparable; The Tet Offensive Victory is Earth-Shaking.”]. Beijing: Ditu chubanshe (Cartographic Publishing House), distributed by Xinhua shudian, February 1968.

Vivid Chinese Communist propaganda poster celebrating the Tet offensive

A Communist Chinese propaganda poster featuring two persuasive maps of Vietnam and touting the supposed success of the Tet Offensive. Published in February 1968 during or just after the Offensive. Launched on January 30, 1968 by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) acting in coordination, the Tet Offensive was a massive surprise […]

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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 in support of the war effort. References Persuasive Cartography: The […]

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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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She drinks blood!

A clever, striking and rather rare anti-malaria poster produced for soldiers in the American military. The Japanese conquest of Indonesia and the Philippines in early 1942 cut the Allies off from their sources of the malaria drug quinine. The results were nearly catastrophic, so much so that in some campaigns casualties from malaria outstripped those […]

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The military-industrial complex at UC-Berkeley

A remarkable, appalling and very rare piece of anti-war propaganda, calling attention to UC-Berkeley’s involvement in defense research during the Vietnam War. The broadside features a 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 long chart at right […]

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First appearance of an important anti-slavery map

A biography produced to support Fremont’s 1856 campaign as the first-ever presidential candidate of the new Republican Party. It bears a number of wood-engraved illustrations, including a clever propaganda map on the verso of the rear wrapper. The outline map delineates free states, slave states, and territories, and employs a distorted scale to highlight the […]

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