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The Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP) [People’s Graphic Workshop] explained its working plan for graphic propaganda in a flyer that specified the following: it could be incorporated into wall newspapers, mailed as if it were postal correspondence, or transported directly given its dimensions of 23 x 34 cm. At the same time, the text would be clear and concise, with expressive illustrations laid out on paper in eye-catching colors. The text concludes with the following appeal: “Revolutionary propaganda should rain down on our nation. Our page is a weapon. The weapon has been forged, brandish it!”

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Because of the emergency brought on by the violent aggression of the “cristeros” against the teachers who were imparting the principles of “socialist education” on explicit orders from the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP) reinforced its mechanisms for dissemination and managed to reach the farthest zones of the nation through their use of illustrated flyers. 

Because of the precedent set by the 19th century flyers of José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), and those of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (LEAR) [League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists] that cost one penny, the “Illustrated People’s Flyer” by the Taller de Gráfica Popular maintained the same price as long as they were bought in [large] quantities: 100 copies for one peso. 

David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974) used to discredit the TGP because it did not use the most up-to-date printing techniques. Nevertheless, the TGP activists maintained the principles of manual labor and cheap materials that preserved a deep-rooted tradition. 

Researcher
Francisco Reyes Palma : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Archivo Francisco Reyes Palma