Tuesday, June 5, 2012

SPANISH CIVIL WAR ANARCHIST RATION CARDS

CNT (Confederación Nacional del Trabajo - National Confederation of Labour): The confederation of anarcho-syndicalist trade unions.
FAI (Federación Anarquista Ibérica - Iberian Anarchist Federation): The federation of anarchist groups, very active in the Republican militias.
Mujeres Libres (Free Women): The anarchist feminist organisation.
FIJL (Federación Ibérica de Juventudes Libertarias - Iberian Federation of Libertarian Youth)

During the Spanish Civil War communists, socialists, anarchists (as well as many others) put aside their differences and banded together in an attempt to defeat the fascist Franco.   The anarchists had collectivized everything and the largest of their groups (CNT) boasted 1.58 million members.  They abolished money and used ration cards. Below are some of the beautiful examples of them complete with inspiring pictures and slogans.


It was the first time I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle. Practically every building of any size had been seized by the workers and was draped with red flags or with the red and black flag of the Anarchists; every wall was scrawled with the hammer and sickle and with the initials of the revolutionary parties; almost every church had been gutted and its images burnt. Churches here and there were being systematically demolished by gangs of workmen. Every shop and café had an inscription saying that it had been collectivised; even the bootblacks had been collectivised and their boxes painted red and black. Waiters and shop-walkers looked you in the face and treated you as an equal. Servile and even ceremonial forms of speech had temporarily disappeared. Nobody said Señor or Don or even Usted; everyone called everyone else Comrade and Thou, and even said Salud! instead of Buenos dias.
—George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, ch. I



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TANKS ARE THE VEHICLES OF VICTORY



LIBERATE WOMEN!  WOMAN: YOUR FAMILY ARE THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS





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1 comment:

  1. I've been trying to confirm the origins of these ration coupons and have come across multiple sources that claim these were not printed during the Spanish Civil War but were printed in the 1970's and ultimately they are ALL fakes (still some historical value and great designs, but not authentic to the Spanish Civil War period). Does anyone have additional info?

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