Thursday, August 2, 2018

French War Loans

This poster (depicting a Chasseur Alpin) was commissioned and distributed by a bank in Marseilles on the occasion of the loans at the end of the Great War. 

The injunction in Occitan "Marsihes, fai toun devé!" (Marseillais, do your homework!) is part of a set of motives exalting local patriotism. Occitan is used here among a set of references to local identity, in a classical dialectic of the time that extolled the "natural" love of the little homeland as a condition of love for the "Great" Motherland.

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