Spanish civil war posters
Propaganda has played a vital part in the wars of the early 20th century it was used by Hitler in World War 2 by Mussolini in his control of Italy and of course by Stalin. Throughout the course of the Spanish civil war propaganda was used by all sides to communicate various messages, some of these messages whilst others were to convince people to leave the city or join the army.The messages varied, as did the posters. What it left us with in the end was catelogues of posters that are a poignant reminder of these dark times in Spanish history. However they are also pieces of art that serve to remind us of our not too distant past.
Eyewitnesses accounts of the war attest that the posters were everywhere during the war. The cities walls were awash with the colour and creativity of propaganda. This accout from Barcelona in December of 1936 is one such example:"On almost every building there are party posters: posters against Fascism, posters about the defense of Madrid, posters appealing for recruits to the militia...and even posters for the emancipation of women and against venereal disease." Robert Merriman, an American volunteer fighting in Spain also wrote from Barcelona inJanuary of 1937: "Streets aflame with posters of all parties for all causes, some of them put out by combinations of parties." In Republican territory, when a house was destroyed by the enemy bombs, propaganda agencies would fix posters on the ruins in order to denounce the enemy, hoping to turn aggression into rage. In Madrid, the capital of the Republic, shop owners were forced to fill their store fronts with posters: "Every space must be used to incite the spirit in its fight against the enemy," stated an article in the newspaper ABC on October 30, 1936. When a city was taken the streets of were plastered with posters to convince its citizens to change sides.
This website is about the posters used in the Spanish civil war,although they are divided into categories based on who were made by they are not meant to favour one side over another, it is merely the home and celebration of some important historical documents. I hope you enjoy!
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Artist : Unknown 1936-1937 Political Party :Spanish Republican Party
This poster was issued by the republican party to show the areas of administration under the control of the communist party.It shows where hospitals and health centers are available for the poor people of catalona. The text on the poster is "Conselleria De Sanitat Generalitat De Catalunya" it means "the regional ministery of health Cataluna"
Artist :Unknown 1936-1939 Party: Spanish Republican Party City : Unknown
This poster was made by the communist party to convince the people that the soldiers of the Landowners are no longer their enemy but their friend who fight for the liberty.They are no longer privately owned armies but armies of the state. It encourages the people of the towns and village to collaborate with the soldiers.
The below is of some of the many propaganda posters from the last 100 years! It contains everything from US marine recruitment posters to British second world war posters.