Highlights for Warspot: Colors of World War I
We have already posted some examples of propaganda for children from World War I — British and German books. For today, we have another traditional kind of printed products for children, namely the coloring book Pictures from the war by Willy Planck (Bilder aus dem Weltkrieg) issued by Otto Maier’s publishing company in Ravensburg, 1915 (Verlag Otto Maier Ravensburg). This company still exists today. The book contains six pictures for coloring and their already colored copies as examples.
We must give credit to the authors of the book. When drawing German and enemy infantrymen, gunners, artillerymen, and cavalrymen, they avoided obvious images of deaths; therefore, the pictures can be printed out and given to a child even today. Images were taken from the Berlin State Library’ website (https://staatsbibliothek-berlin.de).