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A Soviet Poster A Day

A Soviet Poster A Day
A Soviet Poster a Day Blog does what it says. Every day I publish a soviet classic poster with a description, historical references and insight required for understanding the meaning.
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News from A Soviet Poster A Day Blog
2009-09-09 21:59:00
Hi, friends! A Soviet Poster a Day Blog is no more! It has ceased to be. But there's no reason to cry as I have just started two other blogs: PrintADog.com and ArtPostersOfWar.com. Feel free to subscribe to "Dog Posters" and "War Posters". I had great time writing stuff about vintage Soviet Art here (120 posters reviewed so far – check the archieves!) and during the last two years of absence I could not stop thinking about the joy of investigating the background of these beautiful artworks. Now I'm not limited to Soviet Union - France, Britain, Spain has produced an equal amount of amazing posters over the 20th century. Also two years ago I got myself a beautiful beagle dog. "My little old dog: A heart-beat at my feet" – this a quote by Edith Wharton – and the dog Harley became my true pride and joy. So my intention to explore the world of dogs is obvious. Thus I started "PrintADog.com". These blogs are updated two-three times a week. I have yet to update lots of thing...
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The Lies Machine
2007-12-18 16:53:00
Lies Machine Gun (TASS Window #625)Kukryniksy, Lebedev-Kumach, 1942 In a man to man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine.Erwin RommelNo matter the actions,Killer Hitler can’t hide his failures,At Rzhev and Stalingrad.To deceive peopleHe invented the “Lies Machine Gun”.Which volleys lies nonstop.The Machine talks nonsense at full speed,But still cannot suppress the truthAs it is the truth that bellows at river Don,And it can be heard on Volga too.In Africa the truth is rumbling.The “Lies Machine Gun” fires in vain. This is a perfect example of the WW2 propaganda poster created by Kukryniksy. The poster shows Hitler, who fires a “Lies Machine”, resembling a machine gun. The device is actually a cartoon of Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi minister of Propaganda. The poster’s verses oppose the newspapers fired by this Lies Machine Gun against the cannonade of artillery at the last battles won by the Soviets. Battles of ...
The Lies Machine
2007-12-18 16:53:00
Lies Mach ine Gun (TASS Window #625)Kukryniksy, Lebedev-Kumach, 1942 In a man to man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine.Erwin RommelNo matter the actions,Killer Hitler can’t hide his failures,At Rzhev and Stalingrad.To deceive peopleHe invented the “Lies Machine Gun”.Which volleys lies nonstop.The Machine talks nonsense at full speed,But still cannot suppress the truthAs it is the truth that bellows at river Don,And it can be heard on Volga too.In Africa the truth is rumbling.The “Lies Machine Gun” fires in vain. This is a perfect example of the WW2 propaganda poster created by Kukryniksy. The poster shows Hitler, who fires a “Lies Machine”, resembling a machine gun. The device is actually a cartoon of Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi minister of Propaganda. The poster’s verses oppose the newspapers fired by this Lies Machine Gun against the cannonade of artillery at the last battles won by the Soviets. Battles of ...
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You play to win the game
2007-12-13 17:18:00
USSR is a mighty sports power!B. Reshetnikov, 1962 Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard for all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting. George Orwell, Collected Essays After the WW2 the attitude to sport in USSR changed greatly. Before the War training was about building a better citizen and soldier. Now it became professional. The Cold War was at full swing and Stalin considered sport achievements as a perfect way to show the advantages and power of the communist state. The pressure was hard – to take part in the international competitions abroad the Sports Committee Head Romanov had to submit an application with the names of the athletes and personally guarantee their perfect results. In 1952 the USSR first took part in the Olympic Game s, held in Finland, Helsinki. The debut was lost – Soviet Union took home 71 medals (22 Gold) less then ...
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You play to win the game
2007-12-13 17:18:00
USSR is a mighty sports power!B. Reshetnikov, 1962 Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard for all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting. George Orwell, Collected Essays After the WW2 the attitude to sport in USSR changed greatly. Before the War training was about building a better citizen and soldier. Now it became professional. The Cold War was at full swing and Stalin considered sport achievements as a perfect way to show the advantages and power of the communist state. The pressure was hard – to take part in the international competitions abroad the Sports Committee Head Romanov had to submit an application with the names of the athletes and personally guarantee their perfect results. In 1952 the USSR first took part in the Olympic Game s, held in Finland, Helsinki. The debut was lost – Soviet Union took home 71 medals (22 Gold) less then ...
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Stuff that matters
2007-12-12 18:13:00
Staff makes absolutely all the difference. StalinG. Klutsis, 1935 This is a quote from the speech delivered by Joseph Stalin for the military academies graduates in the Grand Kremlin Palace on the 4th of May 1935. During this event he also uttered another famous phrase: “This is the people, who are the most valuable asset”. Like may other well known quotes this one has several meanings. First of all the thirties were a time of the Great Purge, when Stalin was getting rid of all his political rivals and of those, who might be untrustworthy. Due to these ruthless measures a great many of Soviet people were arrested, convicted and eliminated. Yes, the staff did matter: people should have been absolutely loyal to Stalin. Another thing was obvious enough: the country was right in the middle of the Second Five Year Plan and the rapid industrial development required as many specialists as possible. The country was craving for skilled labor force. Finally, this poster w...
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Stuff that matters
2007-12-12 18:13:00
Staff makes absolutely all the difference. StalinG. Klutsis, 1935 This is a quote from the speech delivered by Joseph Stalin for the military academies graduates in the Grand Kremlin Palace on the 4th of May 1935. During this event he also uttered another famous phrase: “This is the people, who are the most valuable asset”. Like may other well known quotes this one has several meanings. First of all the thirties were a time of the Great Purge, when Stalin was getting rid of all his political rivals and of those, who might be untrustworthy. Due to these ruthless measures a great many of Soviet people were arrested, convicted and eliminated. Yes, the staff did matter: people should have been absolutely loyal to Stalin. Another thing was obvious enough: the country was right in the middle of the Second Five Year Plan and the rapid industrial development required as many specialists as possible. The country was craving for skilled labor force. Finally, this poster w...
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Silence is gold
2007-12-10 17:13:00
Keep your mouth shut!N. Vatolina, N. Denisov, 1941 The energetic verse says the following: Keep your eyes open.These daysEven the walls have ears.Chatter and gossipGo hand in hand withTreason. This is one of the most famous posters of the WW2. It was created by Nina Vatolina, a Soviet poster artist. After the break of War Vatolina along with other artists started making artworks, which covered the most acute topics both of battle front and home front. This one was aimed at increasing vigilance. It shows a working woman in kerchief, who holds her finger to lips, which is a gesture for silence. The face pictured had a real prototype, who turned out to be Vatolina’s neighbor. Her sons were at battle-front, so her stare did have a certain attitude. The verse was written by Samuil Marshak – a Soviet poet, who is most known as the author of numerous fairy tales and poems for children. During the War he was busy writing satire and pamphlets as well as collaboratin...
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Silence is gold
2007-12-10 17:13:00
Keep your mouth shut!N. Vatolina, N. Denisov, 1941 The energetic verse says the following: Keep your eyes open.These daysEven the walls have ears.Chatter and gossipGo hand in hand withTreason. This is one of the most famous posters of the WW2. It was created by Nina Vatolina, a Soviet poster artist. After the break of War Vatolina along with other artists started making artworks, which covered the most acute topics both of battle front and home front. This one was aimed at increasing vigilance. It shows a working woman in kerchief, who holds her finger to lips, which is a gesture for silence. The face pictured had a real prototype, who turned out to be Vatolina’s neighbor. Her sons were at battle-front, so her stare did have a certain attitude. The verse was written by Samuil Marshak – a Soviet poet, who is most known as the author of numerous fairy tales and poems for children. During the War he was busy writing satire and pamphlets as well as collaboratin...
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The perfect citizen
2007-12-06 21:50:00
Smoke cigarettesI. Rosanov, S. Sakharov, 1950 Just smoke cigarettes. No brand advertized whatsoever. This was because in the Soviet times all the factories were controlled by the ministries, which were specifying the amount of goods to produce. So to meet the goals (fulfill the plan, sent down by the Party) the ministries were issuing orders to the factories and works to make quantities of, say, cigarettes for a certain amount of money. The factories were producing them, utilizing the suppliers (which were in tern coordinated by the same ministries) and paying with the money from ministries. The stores were to sell these goods at fixed prices. A planned economy that is. The only thing not set in the equation was the client. This year he needs more shoes, next time the interest is driven to hats. The planned economy is too sluggish to follow the trends, and moreover it cannot follow the demand, resulting in constant shortages. This very poster advertises cigarettes as a product...
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The perfect citizen
2007-12-06 21:50:00
Smoke cigarettesI. Rosanov, S. Sakharov, 1950 Just smoke cigarettes. No brand advertized whatsoever. This was because in the Soviet times all the factories were controlled by the ministries, which were specifying the amount of goods to produce. So to meet the goals (fulfill the plan, sent down by the Party) the ministries were issuing orders to the factories and works to make quantities of, say, cigarettes for a certain amount of money. The factories were producing them, utilizing the suppliers (which were in tern coordinated by the same ministries) and paying with the money from ministries. The stores were to sell these goods at fixed prices. A planned economy that is. The only thing not set in the equation was the client. This year he needs more shoes, next time the interest is driven to hats. The planned economy is too sluggish to follow the trends, and moreover it cannot follow the demand, resulting in constant shortages. This very poster advertises cigarettes as a product...
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Marching into eternity
2007-12-05 21:11:00
To Defend USSRV. Kulagina, 1930 This striking poster was created by Valentina Kulagina, who was one of the most expressive woman poster artists of the first half of the 20th century. She was married to Gustav Klutsis (see his posters) - another representative of Vkhutemas-artist generation. This very poster has a strong influence of suprematism, an art movement originated by Kazimir Malevich. The giant red figures of soviet soldiers in budenovkas (military cap) are marching with their shouldered rifles. The slogan is simple and motivating: “To Defend USSR”. The poster space is multidimensional, with three color areas contrasting. The distorted cubist perspective of the factories in the left bottom corner adds another dimension. The idea behind is that both factories and the Red Army add to the defense potential of the country. The workers are transforming into determined soldiers as they are marching away from their workplaces. And the white airplane silhouettes fly throu...
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Marching into eternity
2007-12-05 21:11:00
To Defend USSRV. Kulagina, 1930 This striking poster was created by Valentina Kulagina, who was one of the most expressive woman poster artists of the first half of the 20th century. She was married to Gustav Klutsis (see his posters) - another representative of Vkhutemas-artist generation. This very poster has a strong influence of suprematism, an art movement originated by Kazimir Malevich. The giant red figures of soviet soldiers in budenovkas (military cap) are marching with their shouldered rifles. The slogan is simple and motivating: “To Defend USSR”. The poster space is multidimensional, with three color areas contrasting. The distorted cubist perspective of the factories in the left bottom corner adds another dimension. The idea behind is that both factories and the Red Army add to the defense potential of the country. The workers are transforming into determined soldiers as they are marching away from their workplaces. And the white airplane silhouettes fly throu...
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Homo Homini...
2007-12-03 18:35:00
A man is a friend, comrade and brother to a man!B. Soloviev, 1962 This cheerful poster goes back to 1961. During the XXII Convention of Communist Party of the Soviet Union the Moral Codex of Communist Builder was adopted. This was a significant event, as the previous XXI Convention declared that socialism had been finally built in the Soviet Union. Now the new program was approved, with the new main goal of building communism. The deadline was set at 1980, and there were numerous tasks to complete, including the material and technical bases required for becoming the world number one in production of goods and the quality of life of the citizens. The other features of communist society yet to be implemented were the communist self-government and the advanced personality of soviet communists. The qualities needed for the latter were specified in the 12 points of the “Moral Codex of Communist Builder”. Some of the points say: “Adherence to communism, devotion to the socialists...
Homo Homini...
2007-12-03 18:35:00
A man is a friend, comrade and brother to a man!B. Soloviev, 1962 This cheerful poster goes back to 1961. During the XXII Convention of Communist Party of the Soviet Union the Moral Codex of Communist Builder was adopted. This was a significant event, as the previous XXI Convention declared that socialism had been finally built in the Soviet Union. Now the new program was approved, with the new main goal of building communism. The deadline was set at 1980, and there were numerous tasks to complete, including the material and technical bases required for becoming the world number one in production of goods and the quality of life of the citizens. The other features of communist society yet to be implemented were the communist self-government and the advanced personality of soviet communists. The qualities needed for the latter were specified in the 12 points of the “Moral Codex of Communist Builder”. Some of the points say: “Adherence to communism, devotion to the socialists...
One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
2007-11-28 18:33:00
Glory to the explorers of space!A. Leonov, A. Sokolov, 1971 This is a remarkable poster, a result of collaboration between an artist Andrey Sokolov and a Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, who did the painting for this poster. In 1965 he and Pavel Belyaev were launched on board of Voskhod-2 spaceship. During the flight Leonov became the first person to walk in space. The whole event took 12 minutes of being in open space, and was followed by an accident as due to spacesuit inflation Leonov couldn’t get into the airlock. He managed to keep cool and opened a valve, which drained some of the pressure, allowing him to get inside. Another accident happened at the landing – an automatic space orientation system failed, so they had to get back on manual controls. The landing was safe enough, although the touchdown happened in a far and uninhabited place in taiga - 180 km north of Perm. Due to severe weather conditions the cosmonauts had to spend two days there before being rescued. After ...
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One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
2007-11-28 18:33:00
Glory to the explorers of space!A. Leonov, A. Sokolov, 1971 This is a remarkable poster, a result of collaboration between an artist Andrey Sokolov and a Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, who did the painting for this poster. In 1965 he and Pavel Belyaev were launched on board of Voskhod-2 spaceship. During the flight Leonov became the first person to walk in space. The whole event took 12 minutes of being in open space, and was followed by an accident as due to spacesuit inflation Leonov couldn’t get into the airlock. He managed to keep cool and opened a valve, which drained some of the pressure, allowing him to get inside. Another accident happened at the landing – an automatic space orientation system failed, so they had to get back on manual controls. The landing was safe enough, although the touchdown happened in a far and uninhabited place in taiga - 180 km north of Perm. Due to severe weather conditions the cosmonauts had to spend two days there before being rescued. After ...
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Work is the curse of the drinking classes
2007-11-27 19:19:00
Let’s thrash it!V. Deni, 1930 This is a beautiful anti-alcohol poster created by Victor Deni – who was one of the brightest soviet poster artists of the first half of the century. The poster shows a Red Work er standing in front of steaming factory pipes. He is about to smash a big bottle of alcohol. The giant hammer has words “The Cultural Revolution” written on. Unlike the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the sixties, which was a political struggle, the Soviet Cultural Revolution implied elimination of illiteracy, foundation of educational system, changing of private and social life of the citizens, development of science, literature and art under the supervision of the Party. Of course alcohol was considered to be the enemy of these reforms. Below there are verses by Demian Bedny, who was one of the most noted poets of the Soviet times: You, there, don’t trifle with boozeD’rather thrash itCulturally,Roughly,Powerfully, wrathfully,Smash daily,At y...
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Work is the curse of the drinking classes
2007-11-27 19:19:00
Let’s thrash it!V. Deni, 1930 This is a beautiful anti-alcohol poster created by Victor Deni – who was one of the brightest soviet poster artists of the first half of the century. The poster shows a Red Work er standing in front of steaming factory pipes. He is about to smash a big bottle of alcohol. The giant hammer has words “The Cultural Revolution” written on. Unlike the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the sixties, which was a political struggle, the Soviet Cultural Revolution implied elimination of illiteracy, foundation of educational system, changing of private and social life of the citizens, development of science, literature and art under the supervision of the Party. Of course alcohol was considered to be the enemy of these reforms. Below there are verses by Demian Bedny, who was one of the most noted poets of the Soviet times: You, there, don’t trifle with boozeD’rather thrash itCulturally,Roughly,Powerfully, wrathfully,Smash daily,At y...
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Leningrad is calling up
2007-11-26 19:39:00
Leningrad is calling upUnknown artist, 1930 The telegraph tape stuck to the poster says (note the absence of punctuation marks): ATTENTION EVERYBODYTHE WORKERS OF LENINGRAD FACTORIESFULFILL THE FIVE YEAR PLAN ONMAIN PRODUCTSIN THREE YEARSPROLETARIAT OF THE UNIONFOLLOW THE CITY OF LENIN The background of the poster is occupied by the silhouette of Lenin with his famous gesture, showing the way to the bright future. He stands behind a massive red factory building; its workers standing in front of it, with their hands rose as if they are openly voting for the message on the tape. Saint Petersburg was capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1712-1728, 1732-1918). In 1914 it was named Petrograd, as Saint Petersburg sounded too German. In 1917 it became the heart of Bolshevik’s uprising during which the city workers assaulted the Winter Palace (the Tsars’ residence). The city's proximity to anti-Soviet armies forced Vladimir Lenin to ...
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Leningrad is calling up
2007-11-26 19:39:00
Leningrad is calling upUnknown artist, 1930 The telegraph tape stuck to the poster says (note the absence of punctuation marks): ATTENTION EVERYBODYTHE WORKERS OF LENINGRAD FACTORIESFULFILL THE FIVE YEAR PLAN ONMAIN PRODUCTSIN THREE YEARSPROLETARIAT OF THE UNIONFOLLOW THE CITY OF LENIN The background of the poster is occupied by the silhouette of Lenin with his famous gesture, showing the way to the bright future. He stands behind a massive red factory building; its workers standing in front of it, with their hands rose as if they are openly voting for the message on the tape. Saint Petersburg was capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1712-1728, 1732-1918). In 1914 it was named Petrograd, as Saint Petersburg sounded too German. In 1917 it became the heart of Bolshevik’s uprising during which the city workers assaulted the Winter Palace (the Tsars’ residence). The city's proximity to anti-Soviet armies forced Vladimir Lenin to ...
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There and back
2007-11-23 15:33:00
To The West!Ivanov V.S., 1943 Our strength consists in our speed and in our brutality. Genghis Khan led millions of women and children to slaughter—with premeditation and a happy heart. History sees in him solely the founder of a state. It’s a matter of indifference to me what a weak western European civilization will say about me. I have issued the command—and I’ll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by a firing squad—that our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formation in readiness—for the present only in the East—with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks to-day of the annihilation of the Armenians? The “Armenian quote” from a speech by Adolf Hitler to...
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There and back
2007-11-23 15:33:00
To The West!Ivanov V.S., 1943 Our strength consists in our speed and in our brutality. Genghis Khan led millions of women and children to slaughter—with premeditation and a happy heart. History sees in him solely the founder of a state. It’s a matter of indifference to me what a weak western European civilization will say about me. I have issued the command—and I’ll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by a firing squad—that our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formation in readiness—for the present only in the East—with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks to-day of the annihilation of the Armenians? The “Armenian quote” from a speech by Adolf Hitler to...
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Dramatic Transformation
2007-11-22 17:31:00
Transformation of fritzes (The TASS Window №640)Kukriniksy, 1942 The poster verse says:These are not the animals with wild howlCrossing stormy river flow.This is Hitler kickingTroops eastward. Here where all the windows are loop-holes,And the bushes hide death,Here after tasting the foreign ground,The fooled fritzesTransform into grave crosses. And this death of German bastardsHave no magic whatsoever. This is military triumph ofThe Red Army This poster is a great example of Okna “TASS” art. These series of posters drawn always on acute topics, were created during the WW2 by Kukriniksy – a group of three brilliant cartoonists. The poster shows German lines marching under direct command of Hitler and transforming into swastikas and then into white birch grave crosses. This poster is a very significant artwork of the War as this is the first time German soldiers (pejoratively nicknamed “Fritzes”) are portrayed as being fooled by its ru...
Dramatic Transformation
2007-11-22 17:31:00
Transformation of fritzes (The TASS Window №640)Kukriniksy, 1942 The poster verse says:These are not the animals with wild howlCrossing stormy river flow.This is Hitler kickingTroops eastward. Here where all the windows are loop-holes,And the bushes hide death,Here after tasting the foreign ground,The fooled fritzesTransform into grave crosses. And this death of German bastardsHave no magic whatsoever. This is military triumph ofThe Red Army This poster is a great example of Okna “TASS” art. These series of posters drawn always on acute topics, were created during the WW2 by Kukriniksy – a group of three brilliant cartoonists. The poster shows German lines marching under direct command of Hitler and transforming into swastikas and then into white birch grave crosses. This poster is a very significant artwork of the War as this is the first time German soldiers (pejoratively nicknamed “Fritzes”) are portrayed as being fooled by its ru...
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A bigger pack
2007-11-21 20:34:00
Smoke cigarettes “The Pack”M. Bulanov, 1927 A tobacco advertizing poster from the NEP era. The slogan says: Smoke cigarettes “The Pack”[Available] Nowhere but in Mosselprom The poster advertizes cigarettes named as simple as “The Pack”. The poster shows “The Pack” stationed on a gun carriage, forming a cannon with multiple barrels – the cigarettes themselves. This goes back to the popular vanity show of the times – a human cannon ball. The cannon has just fired a shot, and there is a smiling man riding a flying “papirosa” (a cigarette without a filter). He is dressed in a typical store clerk clothes – “kosovorotka” or Russian shirt, “kartuz” or peaked cap and jack boots. The store clerks responsible for the wholesale purchase were the target audience, as there was a Mosselprom building pictured in the background there. The poster was bright and energetic enough to attract attention to the cigarettes with such an ordinary name – “The Pack...
A bigger pack
2007-11-21 20:34:00
Smoke cigarettes “The Pack ”M. Bulanov, 1927 A tobacco advertizing poster from the NEP era. The slogan says: Smoke cigarettes “The Pack”[Available] Nowhere but in Mosselprom The poster advertizes cigarettes named as simple as “The Pack”. The poster shows “The Pack” stationed on a gun carriage, forming a cannon with multiple barrels – the cigarettes themselves. This goes back to the popular vanity show of the times – a human cannon ball. The cannon has just fired a shot, and there is a smiling man riding a flying “papirosa” (a cigarette without a filter). He is dressed in a typical store clerk clothes – “kosovorotka” or Russian shirt, “kartuz” or peaked cap and jack boots. The store clerks responsible for the wholesale purchase were the target audience, as there was a Mosselprom building pictured in the background there. The poster was bright and energetic enough to attract attention to the cigarettes with such an ordinary name – “The Pack...
Man's power
2007-11-20 14:25:00
Man’s power – to help the woman!A . Rudkovich, 1970 Carrying on with the woman’s subject. Here is a nice social poster of the seventies devoted to elimination of spongers and parasites not only in the economy, but in private life of Soviet people as well. The forefront of the poster is occupied by a shadow image of a tiny woman bent under the housekeeping workload: the perambulator and a big bag with some food and goods in it. Actually, the times of deficit were never far away, and in the seventies Soviet people had to spend lots of time standing in queues after work. So working full time, nursing a baby and getting food for the family all in one day was a hard occupation indeed. On the contrast the background shows a healthy and strong hand of a man, who is holding nothing but a standard domino bone, which is apparently very light. In the Soviet times dominoes were extremely popular – it was a game of ordinary working folk. The chess were too complicated, cards were u...
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Man's power
2007-11-20 14:25:00
Man’s power – to help the woman!A . Rudkovich, 1970 Carrying on with the woman’s subject. Here is a nice social poster of the seventies devoted to elimination of spongers and parasites not only in the economy, but in private life of Soviet people as well. The forefront of the poster is occupied by a shadow image of a tiny woman bent under the housekeeping workload: the perambulator and a big bag with some food and goods in it. Actually, the times of deficit were never far away, and in the seventies Soviet people had to spend lots of time standing in queues after work. So working full time, nursing a baby and getting food for the family all in one day was a hard occupation indeed. On the contrast the background shows a healthy and strong hand of a man, who is holding nothing but a standard domino bone, which is apparently very light. In the Soviet times dominoes were extremely popular – it was a game of ordinary working folk. The chess were too complicated, cards were u...
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We bring fear to the bourgeoisie!
2007-11-19 21:19:00
Worker and peasant women – all should go to the polls!N. Valerianov, 1925 The poster says: Worker and peasant women – all should go to the polls!Gather under the Red Banner along with men,We bring fear to the bourgeoisie! Women in traditional peasant sarafans and workers blouses march in passionate pace crushing and throwing back the landlord or factory owner. This poster from the twenties shows the typical image of a fat capitalist in waistcoat, top hat and chain-watch. Later it will be reproduced many times in children books, on posters and in other various types of propaganda. The election system of the Soviet times looked democratic, but of course was far from it. People were electing Working People’s Deputies on all levels – including the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on the basis of universal, direct and equal suffrage by secret ballot. But the elections were formal and non-competitive, all the candidates were previously approved by their superiors in the Part...
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