Close to Five Thousand German Posters Added to Online Database

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Bolshevism is depicted as a huge red spider with a death’s head sitting on top of the globe in this German poster
Bolshevism is depicted as a huge red spider with a death’s head sitting on top of the globe in this German poster

With the recent addition of more than 4,000 images from Germany, the Hoover Institution’s searchable online poster database now provides access to some 22,000 images of political posters in Hoover’s poster collection. The posters, representing more than eighty countries, date from the late 1800s to the late 1980s.

The database, which describes 33,000 posters, provides a variety of searching options, including artist, date, subject, or records for which images are available.

Ten thousand images of posters from the United States will be added during the coming year.

Posters that may be protected by copyright laws are available online only as thumbnails; posters published before 1923 are available in larger sizes for easier viewing. All poster images are for educational and research purposes only.

A separate version of the database in the Hoover Archives reading room contains large-size images of all digitized posters regardless of copyright.