Exhibitions/ Art Object

Fingers of Fate - The Tightening Grip

ca. 1916
Gelatin silver print
Image: 8.9 x 13.7 cm (3 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.) Frame: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.) (Framed with 2010.296)
Credit Line:
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
During World War I, European postcard publishers used photomontage to fan the flames of patriotism on both sides of the conflict. A postcard issued in Munich in 1914 shows a towering German infantryman pounding together the heads of three soldiers of the Triple Entente—France, England, and Russia—in what the caption calls a “powerful collision.” A few years later, an English publisher countered with a card on which a giant hand, its wrist and fingernails adorned with official portraits of the Allied leaders, crushes Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II in a “tightening grip.”
Inscription: See scan of verso.
[Gary Edwards, Washington, DC]

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