In his pencil drawing ‘The sinking of an enemy ship by a Zeppelin-airship’, F Sorto, who was probably 12 years old, shows a Zeppelin bombing a ship. In addition to the student’s handwriting is the signature of the teacher in red, and a reference to the pupil’s school year (2C).
In addition to posters, leaflets, postcards, newspapers and many other documents concerning the war, school essays and children’s drawings were also collected and sent to the Imperial Library in Vienna. The drawings reflect the influence of war propaganda on children and indicate that pupils were told to draw their impressions of the war as part of a lesson. Probably because of the contemporary news coverage and narratives, the pictures are impressively imaginative. This drawing comes from the Franz Josef Secondary Vocational School in Graz (Styria).