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Poster "Von Grossem Sammelwert! (Of Great Collecting Value!) / Kill That Eagle"

Publisher- W. Nölting, Hamburg, Artist - Amschewitz, G.H.1914

Lviv Historical Museum

Lviv Historical Museum
Lviv, Ukraine

This propaganda map of Europe is a German copy of an English poster, published by Geographia’ Ltd., London. The poster shows a map of Europe, with the boundary lines of each country containing portraits of their soldiers, citizens, national personifications or animals. Britain is represented by John Bull wearing a Union Flag waistcoat and stepping over the English Channel, sword in hand and rolling up his shirtsleeves. Britain’s colonies are represented by Australian, Canadian, Irish and Indian soldiers wading through the Atlantic Ocean towards Europe. France is represented by Marianne and a cockerel. Marianne stabs the German reprentation, an eagle, with a bayonet. Austria-Hungary is represented by a clown that holds on to the German eagle while being attacked by a Russian bear and a Serbian dog. Italy is represented by a man holding a piece of paper on which is written a claim that Italy’s pre-war alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary had been forced upon her. The German commentary on the map is as follows: This satirical map of Europe is ’a document proving the perfidy of Albion’. Whilst German assets and blood fight for the fatherland, England regards the war merely as business by saying sneeringly: ’Business as usual’ (Business as usual).

Details

  • Title: Poster "Von Grossem Sammelwert! (Of Great Collecting Value!) / Kill That Eagle"
  • Creator: Publisher- W. Nölting, Hamburg, Artist - Amschewitz, G.H.
  • Date Created: 1914
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Medium: paper, lithograph

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