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Stalin cartoon, c 1935.


Stalin cartoon, c 1935.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


An ink cartoon of Josef Stalin (1879-1953), drawn by an unknown artist for the Daily Herald newspaper, in about 1935. A giant Stalin towers over a crowd of tiny people - a caricature of the total control Stalin had over the Soviet Union during his dictatorship. The drawing also 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.

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© Daily Herald Archive / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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