Archive for September, 2014

Paper Bullets – an example

In conjunction with the Paper Bullets exhibition that’s on display right now at Hatch Kingdom, I included an example of an actual paper bullet to show people what they look like (see lower right). This “confetti soldier” was probably dropped from the sky by U.S. military forces during the Gulf War in 1991.


My colleague at SLU, Gisele El Khoury, helped again with the Arabic translations.  Here is the front.



هذه البداية فقط!

فعسى أن

تكون هذه قنبلة حقيقية

نرغب في المحافظة

على الأناس الأبرياء

وصدام يقودهم في

طريق الدمار والموت

المحتوم. نريدعإغلامهم


صدام هو


نعم، إن القوات المتعددة الجنسيات على

قدرة تامة بشن هجوم صاعق في أي آن أو مكان!



This is only the beginning!


this will be

a real bomb

We would like to protect

the innocent people

and Saddam is leading them

to the road of destruction and inevitable death.

We want to inform them

With the truth!

Saddam is

the reason

Yes, the multinational forces are fully able to launch a terrible attack at any time and in any place


Here is what’s on the back.



لقد عزلكم صدام عن العالم

الجامعة العربية

الجامعة العربية الإسلامية

وجمعية الامم المتحدة

جميعها أدانت أعمال صدام

وحشدت ٢٨ بلداً قوات لها

وذلك نتيجة لأعماله. وتشارك

بلدان أخرى في حشد قواتها

لا تجعل صدام سبباً لجلب الدمار


The truth

Saddam isolated you from the world

The Arabic League

The Islamic Arabic League

And the United Nations

All condemned Saddam’s actions

And 28 countries mobilized its forces

As a result of his work (I think they mean “actions”).

Other countries participate by mobilized its forces

Don’t let Saddam be a reason for bringing destruction on you!

I’ve done a fair amount of research on paper bullets, but one great source to begin with is anything by retired SGM Herbert A. Friedman, and in particular this essay called Falling Leaves. He was also interviewed about paper bullets in Cabinet Magazine in 2003. More to follow.

“Paper Bullets: 100 Years of Political Stickers from Around the World” exhibition opens 13 Sept 2014


Paper Bullets: 100 Years of Political Stickers from around the World

13 September – 24 October 2014

Opening 13 September 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Paper Bullets front to Nadine

Publicly placed stickers with printed images and/or text have been used for decades as a form of political protest or to advocate political agendas. In the United States as early as the mid-1910s, for example, labor unions created the first “stickerettes,” or “silent agitators,” to oppose poor working conditions, intimidate bosses, and condemn capitalism. Later, during World War II, Allied and Axis countries dropped gummed “paper bullets” or “confetti soldiers” from the sky as a form of psychological warfare to demoralize both troops and civilians. And during the 1960s and ’70s American civil rights era, “night raiders” protested the war in Vietnam and U.S. imperialism, and called for racial and gender equity among blacks, whites, men, and women.

Drawing from the private collection of Catherine Tedford, the exhibition highlights political stickers from Canada, Egypt, England, Germany, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States dating from the early 20th century to present day. Topics include labor, animal rights, the environment, gender and sexuality, football, consumer capitalism, surveillance, and police brutality.

Political stickers in the exhibition support Catalan independence, for example, while others document the Arab Spring uprisings, Maidan protests in Ukraine, and the global Occupy revolution. Political stickers also comment upon the U.S. war in Vietnam, recent Russian elections, the current economic crisis in Spain, and the effects of urban development in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition also features stickers that focus on U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Catherine Tedford is gallery director at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. She first discovered street art stickers while visiting Berlin in 2003 and has since collected over 10,000 examples from countries around the world. She writes about political stickers on her research blog Stickerkitty and has presented papers at academic conferences in England, Germany, Scotland and the United States. She has collaborated with Hatch Kingdom on two previous exhibitions of street art stickers in Canada and the United States. This is her first sticker exhibition in Europe.

The exhibition is supported by a faculty research grant from St. Lawrence University.

For more information, contact Catherine Tedford at or Oliver Baudach, the Director of Hatch Kingdom, at

Paper Bullets back

EPD exhibition review Politische Geschosse aus Papier by Nadine Emmerich

Deutschlandfunk radio interview Sticker-Ausstellung – Die Macht der Aufkleber with Oliver Kranz

Art School Vets “Paper Bullets – 100 Jahre politische Sticker aus der ganzen Welt” im Hatch Sticker Museum

Bright Trade Show Paper Bullets at Hatch Sticker Museum

JUST Urban Art Blog Paper Bullets – 100 Years of Political Stickers from around the World

Lodown Magazine PAPER BULLETS @ hatch sticker museum

RBB Online “100 Jahre politische Sticker” im Hatch Sticker Museum – Politischer Protest auf bunten Blättchen

Installation shots on Flickr



Flickr Photos

September 2014