Auction 169, Lot 719

"The Pre-War Colonies.... Which Herr Hitler Declares Must Be Returned to the Reich....... or Else!",

Subject: Africa, World War II

Period: 1938 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

8.9 x 11.4 inches
22.6 x 29 cm

This bold, pre-World War II satirical map was drawn by Richard and Peggy Yardley for the June 2, 1938 edition of Ken Magazine. It graphically depicts Hitler's desire to reclaim lost colonies in Africa as a result of the Treaty of Versailles (1919). Hitler, represented as a red sun, extends his rays to the former colonial possessions of Togoland, Cameroon, German East Africa and German West Africa. On the ground are representations of the fearful Britain and France (the colonial powers at that time), cowering under Hitler's rays. Also on the land is an Italian representing Mussolini, who forces an African to drink caster oil as punishment. A vignette at bottom shows a monkey encouraging other wild animals to join the German Federation, and at top is a representation of the League of Nations as an "ailing lady who feels far too weak to complain." The verso contains a fascinating illustration of Francisco Franco, military dictator of Spain at the time, as a human doll being controlled by Hitler and Mussolini. A fascinating piece published a year before the war began.


Condition: A+


Estimate: $120 - $160

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/12/2018