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When Money Was Just Dough

Notgeld (“emergency” or “necessity money”) refers to money issued by cities in Germany and Austria during the 1920s, a period of rapid and rabid inflation. Here are several examples.

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We All Want A Little Utopia

Heller discusses the idea of utopia. Since he’s on the look out for books, pamphlets and articles that mention utopia, he shows us one example.

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Posters Against Evil

“Images De L’Espagne Franquiste” (Images of Franco’s Spain) with drawings by Badia-Vilato and text by Mateo Santos criticize Francisco Franco’s regime. Read on to see why Heller calls the book “beautifully stylized and shockingly symbolic.”

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When The Stone Was Rolling

“Rolling Stone” was tied with politics and culture, and this cover in which Ralph Steadman created a political caricature is no different.

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An Engraver of Soviet Leaders and Armenian Crosses

The iconic Soviet Constructivists, Productivists and Social Realists are well known to many of us, but the majority of Soviet propaganda artists, writers and designers remain more or less in the shadows of history, if not entirely anonymous. Discover Hrachia Stepanyan and his art.

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MFA: Master of Fascist Artlessness

This isn’t an April Fool’s Day prank. An art school that promotes Nazi ideology is scheduled to open in Chile, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

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Ye Olde China on 5th Avenue

China is changing at such a rapid pace, the old socialist realism and patriotic romanticism of the ’50s through ’80s is receding from memory and practice. Occasionally, I find relics of that past, such as these examples.

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Satire in Turkey

Not all satire is created equal. Despite the familiar style of Karikatür’s illustrations, this 1930s Turkish satiric journal includes its share of right and left (centrist) humor attacking politicians at home and the evils abroad, as well as fostering false threats and racial enmity.