Archive for Anti-Axis

Hitlers Will Novelty, Version 2

Posted in Paper, Propaganda Items with tags , , , , on March 18, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThis is the second version of this novelty that I have. Content wise it is very similar to this one here. However there are minor differences, in the front and rear pages and small verbiage deltas. This one is not attributed to the Robbins Novelty Company but it is so similar that it’s either theirs or a knock-off.

Three Dirty “Rats” License Plate Topper

Posted in Propaganda Items, Vehicles with tags , , , , on March 1, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesMore home front nonsense here. This plate topper (designed to be mounted above the rear number plate of a private car) comes out of the States and perfectly captures the three axis stooges theme of mid-war anti-axis personality propaganda. A good solid yellow bucktooth Tojo, followed by Hitler and the giant-chinned Mussolini. These are just about impossible to find anymore. They didn’t have reflective paint like we do now so the paint contains ground glass to make it shine under light at night.

Hitler’s Will: The Novelty Version

Posted in Paper, Propaganda Items with tags , , , , on March 1, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesI love these home front items. They represent a great view into the social zeitgeist that existed or had to be manufactured in the middle of the largest war we have ever seen. They range in execution from the cheesy comedy to toxic racism. It really does show how hard they had to work to generate the hatred necessary for a democracy to defeat militarism. This particular one is a novelty representation of Adolf’s last testament. It was manufactured by the prolific D J Robbins Novelty Company of NY in 1943.

 

Heel Hitler Propaganda Card

Posted in Paper, Propaganda Items with tags , , , , on February 18, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThis is a great example of the mid-war propaganda coming out of the U.S. home front. It’s a card designed to be mailed in the accompanying envelope. It uses a bit of misdirection in the delivery of the joke as initially you are led to believe that Hitler will be squashed under the heel of a boot. Instead he’s in the shitter and obviously not too happy about it. Made by the D J Robbins Novelty Company of NY in 1943. Charming.

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Advertisement for these novelty cards. These were intended as “ticket lifters” and sold through convenience stores and barbershops.

Anti-Japanese Postcard

Posted in Propaganda Items with tags , , , , on December 14, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThere’s a racist theme in early war propaganda coming out of the US. Fairly uniformly the Japanese were displayed as small, bucktoothed and simian-like. Certainly the phrase “Slap the Jap” was very common. Of course the US would have a very hard war in the Pacific that wasn’t really helped by their consistent underrating of the Japanese soldier. This postcard, franked in October 1942, is illustrative of the messaging used at this point in the war.

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Anti-Hitler Propaganda Pot

Posted in Propaganda Items with tags , , , on December 14, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomFieldings of Staffordshire put out a very successful run of propaganda items in the opening months of the war. These included small “po’s” that mocked the Axis leadership. Of course there were imitators that got onto the market, hoping to take advantage of the demand that Fieldings created. These imitators are generally lower in quality than the Fieldings ones. Here is an example. It simply says “Adolf in Poland” on the outside and has a caricature of the guy inside.

More googling tells me that these were made by Lancaster Ltd. in  Hanley, England during 1939-1940.

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Anti-Goering Propaganda Pot

Posted in Propaganda Items with tags , , , , , on December 14, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is the fifth in a series of faux chamber pots put out by Fieldings of Staffordshire, England. On the front it says ‘Jerry No 2”. On the rear it says “Flip your ashes on Old Piggy″ and “Violation of Poland. Inside is a cartoon image of Goering. The design is a tongue in cheek one executed by the outstanding designer Enoch Boulton. These pots were viewed as being a little bad taste at the time, especially the ultra-rare large one that rotated on a wooden base and played “Rule Britannia”. Funnily enough I never realised that this one existed. An internet guy emailed me looking to buy my Mussolini and he ended up selling me the Goering one.

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