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Postcard from John Heartfield (OPA) to his granddaughter in America, Catherine Jacobson (Katja), on the occasion of her ninth birthday (March 30, 1957). Note how Jonnny “montaged” his beloved dog, Adam (Below is the front of the postcard) into a playful birthday wreath for Katja.

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John J Heartfield Collection is an expanding collection featuring never-before-published illustrated postcards, letters, notes, and much more from the collection of John Heartfield’s grandson. Some were written by and to John Heartfield. Others are by and to close family members. This collection illuminates aspects of Jonny’s life story in a very personal way. All of John Heartfield’s words and drawings were carefully preserved by his son, Tom Heartfield, father of the Exhibition’s curator.

Heartfield Archive is an expanding collection of important historical documents and published correspondence.

About Heartfield Words & Images

Words & Images illuminate John Heartfield’s life story in letters, illustrated postcards, and documents. Explore graphic design history and historic moments in advertising and multimedia. John Heartfield was an innovative giant in graphic design history. He was a pioneer in the use of multimedia in advertising and art. Heartfield’s art has been described by academics as a precursor to visual content on the Internet. Heartfield was a notable participant in historic social and political events of the twentieth century. He could quickly become an angry mercurial individual when he encountered injustice. However, at his core, he was a playful man with a wonderful sense of humor, as well as a loving family man. John Heartfield’s grandson, John J Heartfield, the exhibition’s curator, is pleased to share some never-before-published letters, illustrated postcards, poems, and more from The John J Heartfield Collection. In the “Words->Heartfield Archive” section of the Exhibition, visitors can view important historical documents and previously published correspondence.

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Curated By Heartfield's Grandson, John J Heartfield