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Insects in Service of Propaganda!

HALT AMIKAFER translates as Stop the American Beetle! Learn about how a post WWII problem, of not using pesticides and the American flag appearance of the Colorado Potato Beetle, created an opportunity to blame the US for potato crop infestation.

Children are the Future!

Featuring Stalin, The HAPPY Family of Kim il-sung, and Mao Zedong. Learn about the subtle and not so subtle ways images of children have been used to present a gentle and loving image by some of the most ruthless International historic leaders.

Che Like You Didn’t Know Him…

Leader idealization often occurs posthumously. Che was known to the world as a Marxist revolutionary, who allied with Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution. After his death, his image has been branded as a revered spiritual leader. Learn more about this common transformation. 

Uncle Ho is With Us.

Ho Chi Minh is idealized as a great leader of Vietnam, who honored the country’s workers and family values. His image is displayed throughout Vietnam, even on altars in private homes. Learn about how other countries see his image.

Destroy this Mad Brute

This World War I propaganda poster for enlistment in the U.S. Army shows a dribbling, ape-like German walking onto the shore of America while holding a half-naked woman in his grasp. Learn about the hidden meaning of the images portrayed in this poster and its effect on how Germans were perceived.

Thank God U.K. Women Got the Vote!

This clever comparative piece of U.K. propaganda, from 1913, clearly illustrates the absurdity of very unsavory men who had the right to vote versus very educated and professional women who did not have the right to vote. Learn about the impact this type of propaganda had on the suffragette movement.
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Coronavirus Update
Last updated on August 3rd, 2020

Due to the order of California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, the Museum will remain closed until further notice. We are sorry for the inconvenience.