[circa 1917] and[circa 1942]. [No Binding]. A Pair of Leaflets, unbound, Leaflets, printed on both sides and folded twice to resemble a will document. One mint colored and one white sheet, both printed in black and red. Creasing, soiling and several short edge tears to Kaiser leaflet; light wear and toning to Hitler leaflet, with old tape to edges. A not quite Very Good set. Each leaflet is a jokey anti-German propaganda piece, one issued during each World War, in both cases claiming (tongue-in-cheek) to be the last will and testament of the German leader. Each notes that the end is likely near, and provides a list of improbable or impossible bequests. In the case of Kaiser Wilhelm's, these include his moustaches, "souvenir of the greatest swanker in this or any other age", left to the College of Science and museum; his mailed filst, left to "Mrs. Pankhurst and the wild women ... they'll find it useful, no doubt, when they resume their Militant tactics"; the Pole, to Sir Ernest Shackleton, because he's "been up it for so long that I regard it as my own property"; and various parts of his military to John Bull and Uncle Sam, because both have already all but taken them. Hitler's includes similar bequests to France, the Jews, America, Mussolini, FDR, Hirohito, and so on, including one homophobic innuendo ("To France, I leave all the beautiful Madamoiselles in occupied Paris. I was NEVER one for the girls. Whoops!!"), another that suggests he was born out of wedlock, and another that supposes the German people will use images of him as toilet paper.
[A recent search on OCLC located six holdings of the Kaiser's, and one of Hitler's.]. Not Quite Very Good. Item #3277
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