Fingers of Fate - The Tightening Grip


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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.”

Fingers of Fate - The Tightening Grip, Unknown, Gelatin silver print

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