Friday, March 19, 2010
Purchased on my trip to Chile in 1988, these are simple cardboard postcards , printed only on one side, and reflect the gleeful end of a dreadful era. I imagine they were mailed to friends, distributed as handbills or political tracts or simply collected, the way one collects political buttons and other ephemera. Good article about Chile's relationship with military, in the past and post-earthquake, here.
Above, "He lost because he didn't know the Ten Commandments." And in the word balloon: "Thou shalt not kill, thou shall not steal, thou shall not lie"... You get the idea. Pinochet lost the plebiscite that would have given him additional years as military lord over the country.
Bottom: "He was the only one and he left as the last one." In other words, we don't want to see his like again! Hear, hear.