Mexico: Carral y Carral, 1945. First Edition. Elephant Folio; VG; The complete folio set of frontispiece, 52 playing cards and three jokers. boards have interior water staining, not impacting text; The illustrations are generally in G+ or better condition, with the 7 of spades having a small closed tear and some water-damage to the edges of some plates; A full description of each cartoon is written on the interior of the boards; LH consignment; shelved case 11.
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Antonio Arias Bernal, an accomplished Mexican political cartoonist, came to Washington, D.C. in 1942 at the invitation of the U.S. government to create editorial cartoons to promote the Allied war effort. Prior to being invited, Bernal was known for artwork that ridiculed the Axis leaders which regularly appeared on the cover of the Mexican magazine Hoy. His trip to Washington was organized by the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (CIAA), a World War II era agency established to promote solidarity and cooperation among the countries of the Western Hemisphere. Primarily concerned with economic and commercial cooperation, the agency also worked to shore up political and cultural support through propaganda messages conveyed in radio, motion picture, and print outlets. Bernal’s contribution came in the form of posters. By November 1, 1942 Antonio Arias Bernal was back home in Mexico. The posters he made for the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs were distributed in the following years in large numbers throughout Latin America. [National Archives]