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The general who will save the kids from war (Portuguese illustration, 1974)

Text: The general who will save the kids from war.

Year: 1974.

Publisher: Diário de Lisboa.

Artist: João Abel Manta.

Additional information: Illustration shows children handing carnation flowers to António Spínola, a general and soon-to-be president. Drawn by João Abel Manta for the cover of Diário de Lisboa newspaper, Spínola assumed the presidency on 15 May, just three weeks after the Carnation Revolution that overthrew the Estado Novo regime established by António de Oliveira Salazar some four decades earlier. The revolution brought an end to the Colonial War that Portugal had been fighting in Africa, hence the caption. Manta’s illustrations would appear on many newspapers, posters, and more around the time of the revolution, celebrating the ‘Armed Forces Movement’ (Movimento das Forças Armadas) that executed the coup.