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Album of 25 Illustrated Educational Handbills

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Date:

1938–42

Artist:

Various artists (Taller de Gráfica Popular)

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The handbills in this album exemplify the Taller de Gráfica Popular’s attempts to achieve one of its primary goals: to speak directly to and for the Mexican people, in this case chiefly urban and rural workers. Published monthly by subscription, the handbills address themes of immediate interest and adapt the popular broadside format, developed in the 19th century, of combining informative text with compelling imagery. Some, like the two examples displayed here, underscore the importance of so-called “graphic propaganda” in promoting workers’ unity and in defending teachers against attacks by antirevolutionary forces. Others had specifically educational functions, such as demonstrating how to post handbills or instructing farmers how to negotiate crop prices.

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Los volantes de este álbum son un ejemplo de los esfuerzos del Taller de Gráfica Popular para lograr algunas de sus metas principales: hablarle directamente al pueblo mexicano, o bien hablar a nombre de él. En este caso se trata principalmente de llegar a los obreros urbanos y rurales. Publicados mensualmente y distribuidos por suscripción, los volantes abordaron temas de interés inmediato y tomaron el formato de las populares hojas volantes, desarrollado en el siglo XIX, donde se combina texto informativo con imágenes llamativas. Algunas, como las dos que se muestran aquí, subrayan la importancia de la llamada “propaganda gráfica” para promover la unidad obrera y defender a los maestros de los ataques de las fuerzas antirrevolucionarias. Otras tenían funciones específicamente educativas, por ejemplo indicaciones de cómo pegar las hojas ilustradas o información para los campesinos sobre cómo negociar los precios de sus cosechas.

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Artist

Leopoldo Méndez

Title

Album of 25 Illustrated Educational Handbills

Origin

México

Date

1938–1942

Dimensions

433 x 337 x 10 mm

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1944.888

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