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Jan 17, 2013 4:00AM
Aspen Wallposter #6, January1971
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Censored Aspen Wallposter #5 , January 1971
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This image of President Nixon first appeared as a two-page advertisement in the January 1971 issue of Scanlan's Magazine.  Originally slated to be Wall Poster #5, the portrait of Nixon with blood running from his mouth and swastikas in his eyes was too controversial to be printed in the U.S. 

According to an account in Aspen Wall Poster #6, Benton and Thompson eventually found a printer in Canada, but: "When the bastard was finally printed, the whole press run was seized by hired thugs who claimed to be agents of the Royal Canadian Mounties.  They also claimed to represent the FBI - in some hazy, ex-officio capacity - but in any case all six were well armed, and we offered no resistance when they heisted the whole bundle off the loading dock at the printing plant in Montreal."

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