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A poster (French affiche; German Plakat; Italian manifesto) is a large-format sheet of heavy paper with a printed text and usually also a graphic image, mounted in public places for the sake of information, advertising, or political or other propaganda.

The German term Plakat developed from MHG placke (spot), French placard, and Dutch plakken (attach, affix). Earlier sources emphasized the political and o…

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Pelc, Milan, “Poster”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025602>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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