So looking for Marie Knight tracks on t'interweb (the latest soul singer to become object of my aural affections) I somehow ended up finding this spectacular collection of USSR propaganda posters. No, the connection isn't immediately apparent to me either. They are all brilliant and I intend to share some of them with you, maybe posting up a couple each week over the next few months as a kind of medium term project. They have translated tags, some of which I am unhappy about, so those of you who have some Russian can chip in and help out where necessary. De Vertalerin, that means you. Any of my other regular readers who read some Russian, now is the time to stand up and make yourselves known to the authorities.
First up, from 1917: Social revolutionary's party. You will find your rights in the struggle. I love the breaking of the chains here, the restrained colours, the strong visual diagonal. Note, in the background, the comfortable traditional housing acting as counterpoint to flourishing industry.
Moving on to 1919, a Civil War poster: Onwards, in defence of the Urals!
This is visually very similar to posters produced by all belligerents in WWI, perhaps unsurprisingly.
Now this is labelled 1919, a May Day poster: Workers have nothing to lose but their chains
But given the redness of China, I find this odd. On the other hand, artistically and iconographically, this poster fits right in with the early years, whereas the posters from the late 40s and 50s are stylistically very different. It seems unlikely that this can be post-1949. Again, like the first poster, the idea of global struggle is key, and I rather like the night sky, though I much prefer the way the text is arranged on the first one. (I don't know the technical terminology for things like that, doubtless CB will enlighten me).
Anyway, tell me what you think.