Item #6910 Maart: Dag van de Anarchie (March 10: Day of Anarchy). Provo.

Maart: Dag van de Anarchie (March 10: Day of Anarchy)

[Amsterdam]: Provo, [1966]. Mimeograph. 8 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. Text in Dutch. Very good, with age toning and edge wear. Item #6910

Poster announcing the protests against the Royal Wedding of Princess Beatrix and Claus von Amsberg in Amsterdam on March 10, 1966.

The Provos were among the most vocal opponents of the marriage between Dutch Princess Beatrix and German aristocrat Claus von Amsberg, whose former membership in the Hitler Youth and Wehrmacht during the Nazi regime was widely known. Protesters, including many Provos, demonstrated during the royal wedding procession. A Provo member threw a smoke bomb at the royals’ Golden Coach, provoking a street clash between protesters and the police.

Most copies of this poster were distributed as folded pamphlets inserted into Provo Issue 7, published in February 1966. Although it is unsigned, the design is typically credited to Provo-affiliated cartoonist Willem (Bernard Willem Holtrop). Its mirrored “A” not only reflects the spirit of anarchy, but also the contrarian nature of the printing process. Most printing techniques involve processes in which images are mirrored or reversed. In this sense, this poster also represents the idea that negative actions can produce positive results.

Price: $350.00