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May 1 is a holiday in many countries around the world and is known as Labor and Spring Day in present Russia. In the USSR it was celebrated as International Workers Day.

May 1, 1886, socialist, communist and anarchist organizations in the U.S. and Canada staged a series of rallies and demonstrations. May 4, 1886, six people were killed when the police broke up one of these demonstrations in Chicago.

May 1 - Soviet propaganda poster 1

If you have worked well – you will have good rest

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Feb/13

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Soviet movie posters in 1920ies

Soviet moviegoer in the 1920ies, during the NEP (the New Economic Policy), was able to watch a lot of not only Soviet, but also foreign films. As a rule, it was purely entertaining films, ideological films were not the biggest part of all the films, as it became later.

The movie posters of these years are of great interest. It was a continuous celebration of avant-gardism, endless experiment with colors, shapes, images. This flashy language of bright colors was coming into collision with the black-and-white world of the silver screen. Pictures by visualhistory

The Battleship Potemkin

Soviet movie posters in 1920ies 1

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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.

Stalin's Soviet Union posters luring foreign tourists 1

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Feb/12

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Soviet propaganda – the beginning

Soviet propaganda is propaganda of communist ideas and the Soviet way of life. It was carried out deliberately and centrally under the direction of the Communist Party and was officially called the ideological work, educating the masses, etc.

The propaganda combined the universal values (freedom, social justice), and patriotism. Propaganda was conducted through the media, books, movies, theater, and visual art. Today it is the part of Soviet cultural heritage.

Let’s take a look at how it all began during the Civil War and establishing of Soviet power in 1917-1923.

Soviet propaganda - the beginning poster 1

Death to world imperialism!

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Our first post about Soviet space propaganda received a lot of attention so we decided to make the second part. All the posters are available in high quality (clickable).

Glory to the Fatherland of Heroes!

Glory to the Fatherland of Heroes!

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Jun/11

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The hirsute Kostroma people

What a nice blast from the past :)

The hirsute Kostroma people from the primeval forests of central Russia: the first of their kind ever seen in England. 1874

Kostroma people 1874 poster

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Several interesting posters of historical epoch.

Second part of Soviet space propaganda posters.

Fatherland! You lighted the star of progress and peace. Glory to the science, glory to the labor! Glory to the Soviet regime!

Fatherland! You lighted the star of progress and peace. Glory to the science, glory to the labor! Glory to the Soviet regime!

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Aug/10

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Socialism vs Capitalism propaganda posters

Here are several posters that “showed” Soviet people the difference between socialism and capitalism.

Socialism vs Capitalism propaganda poster

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Nov/09

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Soviet patriotic posters pictures

The propaganda of the USSR was working hard to inspire the people with pride in their country and confidence in the future.

Soviet patriotic poster

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Nov/09

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Soviet World War II propaganda part 2

The posters of Soviet agitation during World War II (part 1)

“The shovel is soldier’s friend ”

Soviet World War 2 poster

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