Propaganda Persuasion and revelation 

This gallery created by McKinley Goozey features propaganda art. The works come from multiple wars and from multiple sides of the wars. Propaganda is interesting because of what it can tell us. There is the immediate message that it gives, which is often written out. Something like “Buy war bonds!” for example, and then there is the pictures that accompany the words. These can range from a variety of subjects. Perhaps a heroic squad of tired fighting men, a proud family, cartoon depictions of the enemy, or a scary image of what might happen to the country. The most interesting thing to do with propaganda is to look at it as a reflection of the thinking that was present at the time of the country in which it was produced. Propaganda can reflect how a country viewed itself, its enemy, or how it justifies war.

These coins were minted during the second Punic War by Carthage. These coins serve as propaganda because of the images on the coins. Carthage was know for the elephants they used in war, which were very effective at the time. The elephant became a symbol of power. On the reverse the portrait is that of a Greek God. Carthage's famed general, Hannibal was often compared to the God depicted on this coin.
This statue of emperor Trajan was made in Rome. This statue is larger than life. Trajan is dressed in military armor, on the breastplate is the head of Medusa. This statue represents the power that this emperor once had.
This work was produced in Germany during the second World War. It depicts a family with a strong working man as the father. The father seems to be standing in protection over his wife and children. This work may have inspired the German people to continue the war effort, which was at a high in 1939. This image also tells of the "Destiny" that some German people felt in justification for their actions.
This work from Germany depicts the SS in a fight during WWII. Here the infamous SS, the main military group responsible for the genocide of the Jews, is depicted as heroic men fighting honor. This work is glorifying the SS, a group responsible for countless war crimes.
This piece from Poland depicts a general pointing at the audience. The command "Join the Army, Defend your Homeland" combined with the posture of the general parallels that of the famous Uncle Sam in American propaganda. It is a bit less in-your-face as the typical Uncle Sam poster, but it invokes the same command in its audience.
Perhaps the most famous propaganda figure in American propaganda is depicted here, Uncle Sam. This fictitious character has called men into service since WWI. This is his most famous pose, pointing a finger at the audience, commanding the service of young American men.
Another Uncle Sam poster, this time showing a different side of America's great Uncle. Uncle Sam is a little more friendly with the children in this image than the finger in your face of the last image. This time Uncle Sam is asking more than commanding in support of the war. Obviously a more gentle approach is needed in convincing children.
An American poster from WWII. This similar to the last, is asking for war bonds. This time the audience is most likely not children. This heroic young American in the heat of battle needs help to keep throwing grenades.
This poster is from the Soviet Union in 1954. This was created during the Cold War. The poster reads "Soviet Army, guardians of peace." Interesting that the poster depicts creations for war when the poster is about peace. Perhaps the thinking at the time was that war was the only way to have peace.
This photo from circa 1968 depicts a billboard in Vietnam. The location of the billboard around the 17th parallel, the DMZ, or dividing line between North and South Vietnam at the time. This billboard depicts an anti-communist theme written in Vietnamese.
This piece was created after the Vietnam War in 1975 to celebrate the victory of North Vietnam. This poster was supposed to create more of an anti-American feeling, which in turn unifies the people people of the country by having a common enemy. This proud NVA fighting woman holds a white orchid, this spring flower represents the a new age of victory for the people of Vietnam.
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