Interpretive Resource

Turning the Pages: Taller de Gráfica Popular (Mexican printmaking collective, founded 1937), <em>Album of 25 Illustrated Educational Handbills</em>, 1938–1942

Turning the Pages: Taller de Gráfica Popular (Mexican printmaking collective, founded 1937), Album of 25 Illustrated Educational Handbills, 1938–1942

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 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.



cartoons, Mexico, politics, propaganda
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