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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (Designed and printed)

  • Date:

    1968 (Designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Atelier Populaire (Maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Steef Davidson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 80, box C

In 1968 young French revolutionaries took to the streets to promote a new society, one not based on capitalism or consumerism but on an alliance between students and workers. This poster, printed on 18 May 1968, at the beginning of the occupation of the École des Beaux-Arts, depicts a policeman wielding a baton and carrying a riot shield bearing the letters 'SS'. In this way a comparison is drawn between members of the French CRS (Compagnies Républicaines de Securité) and the German Nazi Party's SS (Schutz-Staffel).

Physical description

Portrait format poster printed in black/dark blue. Half length figure of a riot police officer in helmet and goggles brandishes a truncheon above his head and holds a shield emblazoned 'SS'.

Place of Origin

France (Designed and printed)


1968 (Designed and printed)


Atelier Populaire (Maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 552 mm sheet, Width: 432 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Poster by the Atelier Populaire entitled 'SS', depicting a riot policeman with baton. France, 1968.

Labels and date

Atelier Populaire
Poster printed during the student riots on 18 May 1968 in Paris.

This poster shows a riot policeman with the letters 'SS' on his shield, drawing a comparison between the French C.R.S. (Compagnies Republicaines de Securite) and the Nazi SS (Schutz-Staffel). Many of those in the Underground sympathised with French student politics. The terrible student riots were widely reported in the Underground press and surplus posters, which were actually made during the riots, later became available in poster shops in Britain, such as 'Hang Up'. Furthermore this image was used on the cover of Oz, July 1968.

Text by Julia Bigham. []

Production Note

Student Revolutionary poster issued in Paris during the revolt of May-June 1968. Printed on the 18 May 1968.


Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Revolution; Police: riot police; Propaganda; Protest; Rioting


Propaganda; Politics; Prints; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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