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Posada Broadsheet

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This broadsheet was made my Mexican printer Jose Guadlupe Posada in 1903. The broadsheet itself was called Calavera oaxaqueña, of "the skull from Oaxaca," in reference to the rural city it was published for. The broadsheet also depicts Posada's popular use of the images of skulls and crossbones, in addition to his use of print in general, as a political and cultural critique. Posada relied heavily on this imagery of calaveras, or skulls, thanks in large part to the popularity of the holiday Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. In this case, the combination of calaveras and accessible song lyrics were meant to stir social engagement in the town of Oaxaca.

Calavera oaxaqueña, Jose Guadalupa Posada, 1903.

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