Poster for Mayday demonstrations in Washington, DC, 1971
Source: Rainbow History

Poster for Mayday demonstrations in Washington, DC, 1971

Source: Rainbow History

The Liberator was a monthly socialist magazine founded in 1918 by Max and Crystal Eastman. A magazine of politics and arts, it featured bold, graphic illustrated covers by Hugo Gellert, Frank Walts, Boardman Robinson, George Bellows, and other noted artists. You can see a great archive of complete issue scans of The Liberator here.

Covers of Radical America, originally published as “An SDS Journal of American Radicalism.”

See the complete archive of Radical America, with scans of covers and inside pages, here.

Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism is a powerful exhibit currently on display at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library. The Library has a huge collection of AIDS activism graphics, and this show draws on that archive as well as including a series of movie and video screenings and panel discussions. Much of the exhibit centers on the work of ACT UP in the 1980s and 90s. It was an incredibly fruitful period for political graphics, posters, and flyers. Some of the most memorable posters were designed by the Gran Fury collective, but there were many other people creating passionate graphics that were wheat-pasted and stapled on walls throughout New York City. I remember in the late 80s and early 90s seeing new posters and flyers every day as I walked the streets, ranging from slick printed and silkscreen posters to funky xeroxed collages. Be sure to check out the NYPL digital collection of hundreds of ACT UP and AIDS graphics, which was the source for all of the images in this gallery of posters. Why We Fight is on display in New York City through April 6 (and it’s free!).

Buttons for sale outside the Democratic Convention in Charlotte: "Once You Vote Black You Never Go Back - Obama 2012"
Source: The Atlantic

Buttons for sale outside the Democratic Convention in Charlotte: "Once You Vote Black You Never Go Back - Obama 2012"

Source: The Atlantic

Poster for Huey Newton speech at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1971
Source: Madison History

Poster for Huey Newton speech at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1971

Source: Madison History

Workers Monthly, February 1926
Source: Marxists Internet Archive

Workers Monthly, February 1926

Source: Marxists Internet Archive

The Workers Monthly, January 1926
Source: Marxists Internet Archive

The Workers Monthly, January 1926

Source: Marxists Internet Archive

Vietnam War era poster (c. 1970)
Source: Wisconsin Historical Society

Vietnam War era poster (c. 1970)

Source: Wisconsin Historical Society

March Against Unemployment, SDS poster, late 1960s
Source: Wisconsin Historical Society

March Against Unemployment, SDS poster, late 1960s

Source: Wisconsin Historical Society