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The Art of Influence: Propaganda Postcards from the Era of World Wars

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

28 Jul 2018 - 21 Jan 2019

This exhibition presents postcards created between the start of the First World War and 1945. With pithy slogans and bold colours, striking graphics and biting caricatures, postcards from the first half of the 20th century conveyed messages that were easily understood and remembered. This is art with an agenda, meant to justify war, lionise leaders, demonise the enemy, or underscore the need for citizens to make sacrifices for the cause. Around 150 postcards are on display, with examples from Europe, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Japan. Find out more about the ‘Art of Influence’ exhibition from the MFA Boston’s website.

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Keep ’Em Flying (1941). Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Santa Claus (fake) (1941). Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Bandits, Get out of the way! (1921). Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Just a little something to “Remember Pearl Harbor!” (detail; 1942). Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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