Historical Concert for the Benefit of Widows and Orphans


This poster by the Hungarian designer and graphic artist Josef von Divéky (1887–1951) advertises a January 1918 concert for the benefit of the widows and orphans of Austro-Hungarian soldiers killed in World War I. It shows five military musicians in uniforms from different historical periods; the coat of arms of Austria-Hungary is at the top. The emperor and empress of the Austro-Hungarian Empire are listed as patrons of the concert, which was organized with the support of the Ministry of War. Austria-Hungary suffered an estimated 1,100,000 killed in the war. Most were single men, but some were married and had children and, as in other countries, their deaths left a large dependent population with limited means of support. This poster is from the Rehse-Archiv für Zeitgeschichte und Publizistik, a collection of posters, pamphlets, and all types of German propaganda material that was assembled in Munich by Friedrich J.M. Rehse (1870–1952). The collection was confiscated by U.S. military intelligence authorities in 1945–46, after Germany’s defeat in World War II, and transferred to the Library of Congress.

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Gesellschaft für Graphische Industrie, Vienna


Title in Original Language

Historisches Konzert ... zu gunsten der Witwen u. Waisen ...

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Physical Description

1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 95 x 60 centimeters


Last updated: November 14, 2017