Stalin cartoon, c 1935.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
An ink cartoon of Josef Stalin (1879-1953), drawn by an unknown artist for the Daily Herald newspaper, in about 1935. Stalin smiles and bends down to receive flowers from a group of excited, happy children. This drawing satirises Stalin's use of propaganda. He commissioned paintings and sculptures for display across the country, showing him meeting happy people, befriending children - and appearing taller and more handsome than in reality. Stalin was in power for almost thirty years - from the late 1920s to his death in 1953 - ruthlessly eliminating his rivals through terror campaigns. His agricultural reforms resulted in widespread famine - and the death of millions of people.