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Poster illustrates an anti-anarchist message, reflecting the politically unstable period in Germany following World War I.

Walter Schnackenberg was born in Bad Lauterberg in 1880. He went to Munich to study painting, and he soon found a talent in drawing and caricuature. Schnackenberg did illustrations for the popular magazines "Jugend" and "Simplicissimus." Traveling often to Paris, he was especially interested in the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and he was inspired to do print making and poster design. Schnackenberg also was well-known as a set and costume designer for theater. Schnackenberg spent his last years in Rosenheim and died there in 1961.

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Schnackenberg, Walter: Anarchie ist Helfer der Reaktion und Hungersnot, Leo Baeck Institute, r (f) DD 232.5 A7 1963 [II.2].