1934 Print Paolina Belluci Children Naples Napoli Italy Italia Benito FZ3

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This is an original 1934 halftone print of Italian children with their parents. The caption writes, "Robust, buoyant, fecund are the women Il Duce admires. His ideal is Paolina Belluci of Naples, who won the Fascist blue ribbon last winter for her twenty children. Ninety-two champion mothers totaled 1,288 children." To fruitful mothers, Benito Mussolini offered reduced taxes, prizes, free services and goods, and cheap vacations in order to raise the birth rate. The best number of children to have, according to the dictator, was not two or three, but six, seven or more. Mussolini said that the true beauty of a woman is not in her shape, but in her role as a mother. Photography by Vedo.

CONDITION

This 77+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the reverse.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6.25 x 7 inches; 16 x 18 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: Fascism, child, babies, kids, rocking horse, Italia, dictatorship

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