Poster Stamp - Manifestazioni culturali della gioventù europea
This poster stamp was issued for the "manifestazioni culturali della gioventù europea" (cultural events for European youth) held in Florence, Italy, in June 1942. Such events were held to promulgate fascist propaganda. This stamp's theme represents unity between fascist Italy and Nazi Germany by showing overlapping portraits of Dante and German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The portrait of Dante is Raphael's painting of the poet (reversed from the original) from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. The portraits are flanked by two lions. Above the lion on the left is the Roman gladius sword logo of the Gioventù italiana del littorio (Italian Youth of the Lictor), the national fascist youth organization; above the lion on the right is a Nazi swastika. The stamp has text as follows: at the top: "MANIFESTAZIONI CULTURALI"; at the bottom: "DELLA GIOVENTÙ EUROPEA". The year below the lions, "ANNO / XX·EF.", stands for "20th year of the fascist era." The fascist era began when Mussolini rose to power after his infamous march on Rome in October 1922. The 20th year ran from October 28, 1941 to October 27, 1942. Along the bottom edge is the abbreviated name of the printer, "IST. POL. STATO - OFF. CARTE VALORI" (Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, Officina Carte Valori), and the designer, "M. MELIS" (Melkiorre Melis). Malorzo erroneously records this as a 1944 issue.
30 × 43 mm
Malorzo no. 44-33
Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, Officina Carte Valori (Rome, Italy)