Growing up in Peronist Argentina, 1946–55: The Lived Experiences of Children through State Ephemera
This poster is a visual analysis of the experiences of children and the role of childhood vis-à-vis the nuclear family and the state in Perón’s Argentina. Specifically, the poster will incorporate imagery from state-printed children’s readers, magazines, textbooks, pamphlets, and imagery found on posters specifically intended for children. I have gathered these images, primarily, from the ephemera collections held in Argentina at the Archivo General de la Nación and the Instituto Nacional Juan Domingo Perón as well as the “Perón and His Era Collection” held in the United States at Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, I will contrast the imagery found in these sources with propaganda directed at children in other states, both democratic and authoritarian, that governed prior to or concurrent with the Peronist state to showcase the various meanings of childhood and children’s relationships to the state and the nuclear family across the twentieth-century world.