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Rising Sun and the Dogs of War

Wars are fought as much on paper as in the air, on the sea and in the dirt. During World War II the Germans had a slew of army- and navy-derived periodicals, touting the victories and lamenting some defeats. The …

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No один ребенок Left Behind

This 1959 Visual Russian Dictionary for grade schoolers (учащийся) suggest that literacy was more important than ideology, at least in the early years.

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Civil Rights History as Graphic Novel

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, where Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Artist Nate Powell discusses his work on a new graphic novel that details Congressman John Lewis’ struggle for civil and human rights.

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Lettering in the Butter Dish

At the turn of the century, the French Republic was threatened by a military-church-aristocracy coalition and a huge bureaucratic machine dominated by L’assiette au Beurre or the Butter Dish.

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Vive La Liberation!

Have you wondered what it would be like to have your city liberated from enemy occupation? Those living in 1944 during the liberation de Paris would have had that experience.

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The Mandela Poster Project

Graphic designers in 70 countries created more than 700 posters to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy for The Mandela Poster Project. 95 selected posters are now on display.

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Split Personality Fascism

This cover of Gioventu Fascista, the journal of Mussolini’s Italian Fascist youth organization, was later known for his highly stylized, art deco depictions of the “new youth.”

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“Calling America,” 1939

In light of President Obama’s searingly anguished remarks about race relations and the Trayvon Martin trial on Friday, it is useful to look back at a 1939 issue of Survey Graphic.

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What I’ll Miss About the End of Print Media

Magazine and newspaper racks keep getting pushed further and further into the depths of stores, next to the beef jerky and other novelties. Steven Heller looks back to the golden era of illustrated magazines.

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Per i Bambini

When properly trained (or shall we say indoctrinated), children are the shock troops of ideology. Benito Mussolini was not the only Fascist dictator to target children as the future of his power base (here is an example from Franco’s Spain), …