Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

A selection of 1948 Election Posters January 18, 2010


I got emailed these by a kind donor, apparently they are from Life Magazine.
First off the Posters are all pasted on to the wall in billboard slots, not a poster to be seen on the lamppost!
The 1948 election will be remembered for the coming of Clann na Poblachta. Here in Dublin North Central constituency. (Result from Electionsireland.org) they didn’t win a seat.
There is also a picture of Fine Gael Leader General Richard Mulcahy Fine Gael leader from 1944 to 1959. When Fine Gael did come to power in 1948 it was John A. Costello rather than party leader Mulcahy who became Taoiseach. This was due to Mulcahy having been in government during the post Civil War executions. In the 1948 government he held the role of Minister for Education.
Note how the Fianna Fail poster has been defaced with ‘And Emigrate!’.
The sender notes …”I found a TIME article about the election which stated that adulterating and appending derogatory statements to posters was a frequent occurrence during the campaign”


Thanks also to the original poster of these on politics.ie to allow use of these Colour and more readable versions of some of the above…

From Dublin South West

 

5 Responses to “A selection of 1948 Election Posters”

  1. Paddy Duffy Says:

    I did my dissertation on the 1948 election so this brings back some great memories. I’ll have to seek out the cigarette company ad in the Times from the election day that said “Vote Early, Vote Afton”!

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