In the Soviet Union, distorted images are used to further the cause of communism and to boost the reputations of those in power. If photographs are usually considered factual, what happens to the truth when the facts are altered?

Postcard, 1917. Soldiers with sign stating, "Watches -- gold and silver."   New postcard, 1917. Same photo, but signboard is replaced with slogans.
Propagandists seize every opportunity to get their message across. In the original of this photo, the sign on the building says, "Watches, gold and silver." Now it reads, "Struggle for your rights." Likewise the flag being waved says, "Down with the monarchy - long live the Republic!" has no visible words in the original.




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