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Propagating Propaganda: Franklin Barrett’s Red, White, and Blue Liberty Bond Carp

Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 12:38

Toward the end of World War I, as the US peddled hard its Liberty Bonds for the war effort, goldfish dealer Franklin Barrett bred a stars-and-stripes-colored carp: a living, swimming embodiment of patriotism. Laurel Waycott uncovers the story of this “Liberty Bond Fish” and the wider use of animals in propaganda of the time.