Public Domain Images – Musée des Horreurs Collection Circa 1899
This collection of public domain images contains a total of 56 high resolution vintage posters, all hand-colored lithographs published in France at the turn of the 20th century. 52 of the posters were published as Musée des Horreurs, and three as Musée des Patriotes. Also included in this collection is a broadside concerning the Panama scandal, which paved the way for the wave of anti-Semitism that peaked during the Dreyfus Affair.
These lithographs feature caricatures of various individuals involved in the Dreyfus Affair in France. The posters were originally produced from 1899 to 1900 by an artist using the pseudonym V. Lenepveu and document the anti-Semitic upsurge brought about by the Dreyfus Affair. The caricatures from Musée des Horreurs include heads or faces of prominent Jews, Dreyfus supporters, and Republican statesman placed on grotesque animal bodies. The caricatures in Musée des Patriotes glorify those working to undermine Dreyfus; showing the anti-Dreyfusards in heroic poses.
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I can definitely see these vintage posters being used in some very cool ways. The story that goes along with them is sure to be a conversation starter. What would you do with these images? Post your creative ideas in the comments below. Thanks for posting!