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Single square of two-ply toilet paper. Before the time of donation, it was found in a desk drawer in the city light plant in Ellinwood, Kansas. A portrait of Kaiser Wilhelm II wearing a spiked military helmet is printed in red ink on the paper. The image is identical to those used to promote the 1918 anti-German film "The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin." It is unclear whether the toilet paper was made specifically to promote the movie or if it was simply inspired by the film. Newspapers indicate the movie was shown at the Knights of Columbus Opera House in Ellinwood on May 7 and/or 8, 1918. It was scheduled to be shown at the Echo Theater in Great Bend on May 15-16, 1918, but was rescheduled to May 22-23, 1918. The movie was heavily advertised in local papers for serveral weeks leading up to the showings.

Creator: Robinson, David
Date: 1918

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Item Number: 313970
KSHS Identifier: 2013.30.1

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