Propaganda has been a powerful tool used throughout history. But how does it really work? And is it only used to trick people into believing certain things? When we hear about it, do we think only about past historic events or can we think of an example of seeing propaganda in today’s world?
Propaganda can be spread through books, movies, images, and other sources that reach mass audiences. Its primary goal is to change people’s views and opinions. After important events that changed the world’s history, propaganda started to carry a rather negative connotation. But it can also be used to spread positive messages and embrace necessary changes.
Bored Panda has already covered the topic by presenting these propaganda posters about the COVID-19 crisis. The pictures depict very recent events, so it’s no trouble for people to understand what is the hidden meaning behind them. But what about some of the older propaganda images? Are we able to decipher those?
A subreddit called PropagandaPosters with 415k members shares various posters and pamphlets that show how propaganda was spread during various periods of time. These images depict and help to understand some historical events better with their symbolic drawings, call-to-action messages, and well-portrayed stereotypes. Which one of these do you find the most influential? Leave your thoughts in the comments down below!
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A Known Classic That Never Seems To Age. Date Unknown (1920s?)
We Don’t Always March Straight, Swedish Armed Forces Gay Pride Poster, 2018
Barbarity vs. Civilisation, By René Georges Hermann-Paul, 1899
Poster Distributed By Youthbuilders, The Student Group From New York City's Ps 43, To Protest Segregated Blood Banks, Produced In 1945.
"Basement With Supplies" / Ussr, 1973
This Patient Is Hopeless. He Was Diagnosed With A Complete Lack Of Dollars. Soviet Union, 1950s
“...they Don’t Really Seem To Know Why They Are Protesting!” USA, 2011
"Nuclear War", Soviet Union, C. 1980s
“Rationing Means A Fair Share For All Of Us” - USA, 1940s
Brazilian Cartoon On Us Presidential Election 2008
"Telling A Friend May Mean Telling The Enemy" - UK, Wwii.
"Don't Throw Stones", Iraq, 2004
1900s, Anti-Feminist Poster.
Hitler Youth Poster (1930s) And American Meat Industry Poster (1980s)
Hoarders, Panic Buyers, Shame On You! (Nazi Germany, 1942)
Note: this post originally had 40 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.