DISPLAY OF WWII PROPAGANDA FOLLOWED BY A PUBLIC SCREENING OF TENDER COMRADE AT 1:00 PM AT THE WOLFSONIAN, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2012
This coming Saturday, Chief Librarian and Florida International University Adjunct Professor of History Francis Luca will be presenting a display of U.S. propaganda from the Second World War to students taking his America and Movies: War and Anti-War Propaganda from the Spanish-American War to the Present. The Wolfsonian library has extremely rich holdings of propaganda materials dating from World War II produced by the many different nations involved in that conflict.
SOVIET CALENDAR AND JAPANESE AND FRENCH CHILDREN’S BOOKS, GIFTS OF PAMELA K. HARER
GERMAN AND ITALIAN PERIODICALS, DONATED BY STEVEN HELLER
GIFT MADE BY IDEAL GLADESTONE, IN MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND, JOHN
POSTCARDS GIFTED BY FRANCIS XAVIER LUCA AND CLARA HELENA PALACIO-DE LUCA
Below are a couple of color lithographic plates conceived eight months before the peace was signed by Ignacio Carral Icaza, and drawn by Mexican artist, Antonio Arias Bernal. The portfolio of 52 plates of “playing cards” was donated to The Wolfsonian library by Martijn F. Le Coultre, one of the world’s premier poster collectors.
PORTFOLIO OF PLAYING CARDS, GIFT OF MARTIJN F. LECOULTRE
Saturday’s presentation, however, will focus exclusively on U.S. materials, including such diverse formats as sheet music covers, patriotic envelopes, postcards, playing cards, phonographs, paper games and puzzles. A few years ago, Leonard A. Lauder donated a large number of ephemeral items aimed at winning support for the war on the “home front” through investment in war bonds and loans, civil defense, nursing, and rationing.
GIFTS OF LEONARD A. LAUDER
The library also holds a rich collection of foreign language materials on long-term loan to the institution by Wolfsonian museum founder, Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Items such as puzzles, matchcovers, booklets, phonographs, were designed by the U.S. government for foreign consumption in neutral, contested, and occupied territories.
LOANED BY MITCHELL WOLFSON, JR.
Thanks also to a recent gift by Vicki Gold Levi, the library has augmented its strong collection of American propaganda for domestic consumption, including materials such as comic books and games for children, reusable envelopes to conserve precious paper, sheet music to stir the hearts of those on the “home front,” ration recipe advice to housewives, and “Victory” pins for women to display their patriotism.
Immediately following the display and discussion of these materials culled from the Wolfsonian-FIU Library’s collection, the class will be heading downstairs to the auditorium to view the 1943 RKO Radio Pictures film, Tender Comrade, written by screenwriter James Dalton Trumbo and directed by Edward Dmytryk.
Tender Comrade is the story of Jo Jones (played by actress and dancer Ginger Rogers) and three other “Rosie the Riveter” type women war workers on the home front. The women decide to pool their meager resources and share a house and, in the course of the film, their hopes and fears for the future as they long for the safe return of their loved ones fighting on the front lines.
Museum visitors are welcome to join the students in watching the film. Dr. Luca will be happy to entertain questions about the Wolfsonian library’s important holdings of propaganda materials and Tender Comrade at the conclusion.