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The Uniform Makes the Prince

Take a closer look at the uniform of the Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, the last Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Prussia and the German Empire.

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The Art of VD Protection

Steven Heller interviews Ryan Mungia about his first venture into print publishing, “Protect Yourself: Veneral Disease Posters of World War II,” which sheds light in the shadows of wartime behavior.

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What Underground Really Means

I like to say I worked for the “underground press” during the late 1960s. But despite the primitive working conditions and equipment, there was little in common with the men and women who risked their lives producing contraband underground papers during Nazi occupation of Europe.

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Weekend Heller: This Means War!

“War and Propaganda 14/18”, a new exhibition, provides insight into the broad spectrum of mass manipulation in everything from posters to children’s toys carried out during the period in question.

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How The West Was Won

These Beadle’s Frontier novelettes were also known as “dime novels,” and were also fodder for racist exceptionalism, the kind of misconceptions that have long hindered racial and ethnic harmony in the big melting pot.

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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.