If only you would've had me!

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Description

Propaganda postcard promoting Dutch neutrality by the Dutch painter Theo Molkenboer.

Context

The postcard depicts a Dutch man and woman wearing traditional Dutch costumes, sitting on a pile of typical Dutch goods, including sugar, tobacco, cheese, coffee, and tea, some of which came from Dutch colonies. The Dutch ships in the background refer to the economic blockades by Great Britain and pressure from Germany,
in an attempt to force the Dutch to allow their goods to be traded, despite their neutrality. The Dutch man and woman shout to Germany and Great Britain: ‘Hadt je me maar!’ (translated in English: ‘If only you would've had me!’.