Help Spain! Spanish Civil War tea towel

100% Organic Cotton
Made in the UK
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  • Sturdy half panama unbleached US cotton (48cm x 70cm)
  • Our special inks mean that colours last in the wash
  • Includes hanging loop
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK
  • Delivery with Royal Mail, free on orders over £35
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The Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936, after General Franco led right-wing nationalist rebels against the democratically elected Republican government. Franco received support from fascist Italy and Germany, but due to an international non-intervention pact, other foreign powers (with the exception of Communist Russia) refused to get involved to help the republicans despite the very clear breach of democracy. However, this didn’t mean people didn’t try to help: although official involvement was prohibited, radicals around the world took up the cause for justice and democracy and joined the International Brigades, paramilitary units set up by the Communist International to help the government resist the coup d’état. A campaign entitled ‘Help Spain!’ was launched by The Artists International Association in Britain to encourage recruitment, and this tea towel is based on one of the posters produced for the campaign.

It is estimated that 32,000 people from 52 countries fought against Franco in the conflict, among them George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway, who immortalised their experiences in their novels Homage to Catalonia and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Unfortunately, despite these efforts, Franco’s revolt was successful, and he plunged Spain into a 40-year military dictatorship. We’ve made this historical tea towel as a reminder to fight for your values, so that history does not repeat itself.


Half Panama unbleached organic cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees centigrade max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.

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    Spanish Civil War towel

    Posted by Brian Booth on 12th Jan 2022

    This is very personal. My family were Manchester communists on the 1930s, and my uncle, at ripe old age of six, watched out for coppers and Blackshirts whilst his sibs flyposted. I sent him one., and he loved it.. and one to my son, to remind him of his heritage. RTT keep banging tha nail on the head.