The Cultural Revolution (文化大革命, Wenhua Dageming, 1966-1976) was a mass campaign of enormous dimensions. Aside from the general revolutionary high-tide that swept China, the period was marked by a large number of sub-campaigns. Indeed, whenever the situation called for a shift in orientation within the larger framework of the Cultural Revolution, this was engineered by setting in motion a new campaign. Factional struggles within the leadership also functioned as catalysts for campaigns.
Often, these sub-campaigns came so hard and fast that propaganda posters had to serve as the main source of information for the people. With the country in complete chaos, these images which contained clear and unambiguous indications of what behavior and slogans were acceptable at that particular moment, were seen as more dependable than the media. This was in particular the case in those localities where the “excellent revolutionary” situation that prevailed – according to the media, that is – had become completely unintelligible to the innocent bystander.
Locally produced posters are extremely interesting. Not only because they shed light on the local situation, but also from an artistic point of view. They are often striking in their simplicity of design and coloring, usually done in simple red, white and black, and are somewhat reminiscent of the block prints made in the war years. As such, they bear witness to the urgency of the times.
The 3 July and 24 July proclamations are Chairman Mao’s great strategic plans! Unite with forces that can be united with to strike surely, accurately and relentlessly at the handful of class enemies, 1968
Soviet Propaganda Posters Post WW2
Five-Year plan in four years – (we) will complete!
Comrades loggers! Let’s keep promise given to Comrade Stalin!
Develop virgin lands!
Glory to Soviet Country! 1917 1953
(You) will be a master!
If to work good, the bread will grow
New five-year plan – the five year plan of the Great construction
Young builders of Communism!
Let’s raise the generation utterly devoted to the cause of communism!
Glory to the Russian people – the bogatyr people, the creator people!
Nikita Sergeyevich Kruschev
Long live to PEACE!
via Soviet poster.
via Soviet poster.
There is a widespread belief that Stalin’s Soviet Union was a country almost completely closed to foreigners. However, advertising of “Intourist” (organization responsible for foreign tourism in the USSR) created in 1930ies, gives somewhat different look at the issue.
The country was in desperate need of foreign currency for industrialization, so all the ways to lure wealthy foreign tourists to the USSR were used. And it was not just about the major cities – Moscow and Leningrad.
You can see the invitations to visit almost all the interesting parts of the USSR, theater festivals, river cruises, the Russian hunting, great construction projects. These posters were made to create an image of pre-war Soviet Union as the “earthly paradise.”
Soviet Childcare Posters 1930
Protect your child and food from flies
Weight and height of children from birth to two years old
Weigh your child every week
Every year thousands of children lose their eyesight due to small objects getting stuck in the nose, ears, and throat
I’m bored at home; I’m happy in the creche!
Correct carrying of a 3 month old baby
How to feed a child when the mother has a cough and cold; don’t allow strangers to kiss or touch your child
Bathing the eye; cleaning the nose
The proper way to cut a child’s fingernails