Adhesive Propaganda: Stamps of the Spanish Civil War

TitleAdhesive Propaganda: Stamps of the Spanish Civil War
Publication TypeWebsite
Year of Publication2008
Corporate AuthorsUniversity of California, San Diego Libraries
Place PublishedSan Diego, CA

Rather commonplace in modern usage, stamps served a number of purposes well before the twentieth century. Aside from their use by postal services to indicate the payment of postage fees, stamps have been used for tax collection, food rationing, publicity, and other purposes. Often printed in color and with a wide variety of styles, designs, and artwork, these small forms of media were utilized extensively during the Spanish Civil War. The Republicans made use of stamps during the war to serve all of the purposes listed above. Stamps included in this collection shed light on life in Spain during the Civil War. The wide variety of publishers they represent and the causes they support characterize the marketplace of ideas that dominated life during the Spanish Civil War. Among other things, they highlight the relative strengths of the various levels of government during the war and the competing crowd of political parties, unions, and aid initiatives active during the war.

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