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A bigger picture

Although the print media have played a key role in the spreading of propaganda messages, everyday objects can also be used to persuade and influence public opinion, as our playing cards have shown. Like cards, board games have often been considered as effective propaganda tools because of their appeal to a wide range of people, including children. Clothes and fashion accessories are also popular because the messages become mobile with their wearers. Here is a selection of items promoting political messages.

German propaganda


Hunt the Coal Thief: German board game; AD 1930s to 1940s.

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Hunt the Coal Thief

The rules of Hunt the Coal Thief (in German)

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British propaganda


Bomber Command: British board game; about AD 1940

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Mao Zedong; AD 1966 1976.

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Printed with political satire on the Irish question; about AD 1866.

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Satire on the United States’ treatment of native North Americans; early AD 2000s.

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