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In the Stacks: World War I propaganda posters at the Harry Ransom Center April 21, 2014 – Posted in: In the Stacks, posters

  War bonds. Feed the guns! Thomas, Bert, 1915   It was supposed to be the “the war to end war” but unfortunately it wasn’t. And in addition to the horror of the battlefield (ten million men killed) WWI also featured a battle of propaganda. Thanks to its newly digitized collection of over 100 propaganda posters from WWI the Ransom Center gives us a front row seat to the battle to win the hearts and minds of the American…

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‘Marvels & Monsters’: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics October 10, 2013 – Posted in: Comics / Cartoons, Exhibits

“Yellow Claw” #1, Atlas Comics, October 1956. (Marjean Magazine Corp.)   The Japanese American National Museum, in collaboration with NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the  Fales Library & Special Collections, present “Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986.” The exhibit highlights racial and cultural images of Asians that appeared in comic books from WWII through the mid-1980’s. The very same images that defined and still fuel America’s perceptions and stereotypes of Asians. Unknown Soldier…

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The Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center November 18, 2012

This installment of In The Stacks takes us to The Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center.  The museum was founded by Yang Pei Ming who started collecting posters in 1995, the year the Chinese government ceased the long-standing practice of creating these propaganda-laced posters. The collection is “dedicated to documenting the changes of modern China as depicted on thousands upon thousands of striking posters from 1910 to 1990.” The collection holds 6000 posters produced from 1940 to 1990. The museum also…

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Medical Library’s Contagious Exhibit Sure To Go Viral March 5, 2010

She may be…a bag of TROUBLE. Syphilis – Gonorrhea. U.S. Public Health Service,United States, 1940s.Photomechanical print: color; 41 x 51 cm. Artist: “Christian.”A sultry, heavily-made-up woman squints provocatively, while smoking a cigarette. WWII posters usually addressed men, and fingered promiscuous women as the source of contagion. They are an unholy alliance of science, art, medicine, politics, history, advertising, and propaganda. Dramatic images use visual shorthand to convey danger, disease, and death. Shadows, crowds, skeletons, vermin,…

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