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Poster - 'Always Huns, Protect Our Women and Children', Australia, World War I, 1915 Document Reg. No: HT 27658

Summary:
Large World War I recruitment poster, titled 'Always Huns', drawing a parallel between a 'hun' in the year AD 451, with wild hair, a shaggy coat, a shield and a menacing yell, and a German soldier in 1915, with a wild moustache, menacing eyes and a spiked helmet. It pleads with the viewer to 'protect our women and children', and to join the Australian Army.

It was printed by W.A. Gullick, Government Printer, Sydney. It may have been commissioned by either the government of New South Wales or the Federal Government.
Description:
Large poster with bold inscription, with pale mauve background, printed on cream-coloured paper. Features an exaggerated painted image of two figures (head and shoulders only) - one supposed to depict a 'hun' in the year AD 451, with wild hair, a shaggy coat, a shield and a menacing yell; the other a German soldier in 1915, with a wild moustache, menacing eyes and a spiked helmet. Border of thin blue line; cream edges. Poster had been adhered onto foam-core backing.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 902 mm (Height), 597 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: H: 902 X w: 597

More information

Tagged with: world war i 1914-1918, racism, propaganda, war effort, australia has promised britain 50, 000 more men, cultural stereotypes
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: recruitment
Inscriptions: Printed in bold: 'ENLIST / ALWAYS HUNS / A.D.451 / 1915 / Protect our / WOMEN AND CHILDREN / Join the / Australian Army'. Printed in small font on lower right: 'W.A. GULLICK GOVERNMENT PRINTER SYDNEY'.
Publisher: Australian Commonwealth Government, Australia, 1915
Printer: W. Gullick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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