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In The Spotlight: Spanish Civil War Posters

21st February 2020

[originally posted on our WordPress blog page:

PP1267_1_m  The Spanish Civil War – Guerra Civil Espanola – began in July 1936 with a military coup led by the Nationalists (supported by Italy under its fascist leader, Benito Mussolini, and the German Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler) against the left wing Republican government of Spain (supported by the Soviet communist leader, Josef Stalin, and volunteers from North America and various European countries of the International Brigade) following a long period of unrest during the 19th century, the economic hardship caused by the 1929 Great Depression, and the February 1936 election victory by the Popular Front under the leadership of President Manuel Azana. This violent war is widely recognised as a rehearsal of World War Two, and resulted in a death toll of around half a million lives, and a Nationalist victory in April 1939 that established a dictatorship government led by General Francisco Franco (“Franco’s Spain”).

PP1264_1_m  The mass of powerful propaganda posters produced by organisations affiliated with both sides during the Civil War were pasted all over cities, towns and buildings in ruins. The intensity of their display with their dynamic designs and strong messages, often created by leading artists and groups of the period, were influential in spreading awareness of the war throughout Spain and abroad. The posters that survived to today are rare and very important historical documents of this terrible revolution and the extreme ideology of the inter-war period in Europe.

Below are a few of our original vintage posters from the Spanish Civil War period (click on the images for more information):

PP1266_1_m   PP1274_1_m
PP1297_1_m   PP1275_1_m
PW0498_1_m   PP1299_1_m
PP1265_1_m   PP1269_1_m
PP1296_1_m   PP1280_1_m
PP1268_1_m   PP1271_1_m
PP1300_1_m   PP1298_1_m
PP1263_1_m   PP1270_1_m
PT2197_1_m   PP1295_1_m

Visit our website at www.AntikBar.co.uk for more original vintage Spanish Civil War propaganda posters and to browse our variety of other posters from around the world (travel, sport, propaganda, war, advertising and movie posters), available online with worldwide delivery and at our gallery:

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