Posters & Wall Newspapers

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Posters & Wall Newspapers

This site includes the posters (68 items) and wall newspapers (208 items) in the Gordon W. Prange Collection.  The vast majority are file copies of the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD), which operated during the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1949.  Many items bear censorship markings -- a CCD stamp and number, an examination date and, occasionally, action taken, such as a disapproval or violation. Limited numbers of posters and wall newspapers have accompanying materials, such as an examination slip by the CCD or a letter from a publisher. They are also available here.  

The posters are primarily political and educational in nature, or they address public health concerns. There are also games for children, promotional materials for books and magazines, and even an eye chart.  The wall charts (kakezu) used in elementary school classrooms are classified here as posters.  

The wall newspapers include printed poster-like items published by local municipal offices, local welfare associations educating workers on their rights, labor unions, and an elementary school.  They also include colorful, hand-painted wall newspapers with local news and advertisements for local stores, schools, and movie theatres, the vast majority of which were published in Kumamoto Prefecture.  Wall newspapers were often posted in public locations, such as workplaces, classrooms, train stations, and public bulletin boards on the street.  

The University of Maryland Libraries do not hold copyright over the majority of its collections. Researchers are solely responsible for determining whether they need to seek permission to publish materials from these collections and for securing that permission from the copyright holder.

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