I happened upon an article that showed Soviet propaganda during the space race. As dubious as the purpose of propaganda is, they usually know how to make some nice posters. Post up some of your favorite state sponsored art.
Yeah some of those would make legit shirts! haha. Cafepress that sh!t.
I love the style of these posters and the messages make for some fun too.
2-spaceman with hammer and cicle) in the lines: vostok 1,2,3,4 (rockets)
on the circle: for the soviet people, the pioneers of space
3-moon stars, rockets) Happy New Year. To peace! To new successes (it's like a toast)
4-welder and rocket) I'm happy. This is my work. It combines with the work of my republic (i'm sure there's a better way to phrase that)
5-train and rockets) 20th century. Rockets fly to the stars. Trains are going to the land of valor. (podvig=act of valor, I don't know a better english word... this is refering to the widespread railroadization and industry)
6-worker and rockets) rocket in the top right: earth-venus 1961
slogan: in the name of peace and progress
7-rocket and boat) Let there be peace (ironic?)
8-figurehead) our triumph in space. Glory to the soviet country
9-rockets) socialism is our launchpad
10-guy with flag and stars) through worlds and centuries
fun article: Have YOU made a finger-pointing poster?
In 1914 London Opinion published an issue with lord Kitchener on the cover—the British Minister of War stared piercingly pointing his finger at the viewer.
explains all about the history of the fingerpointing poster. lots more in link
Awesome, thanks man! I'm surprised at what a lot of those say. The message is really quite humble and subdued. I guess the connotation that is associated with the Russian language makes you think they're going to be saying something a little more dictatorial. They're very much inline with the communal and society.
I have entire books of war-time propganda. It's all good stuff. The best were probably the early 30's German stuff -- simply beautiful.
The most comical being the 90's-Today North Korean stuff (US soldiers who look like they're straight from the Korean war...impaling infants on bayonets while laughing etc...). They're wildly over the top.
Here is the link to the Library of Congress...A lot of WWI and WWII posters.
WARNING: YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET A DRINK AND A SNACK BECAUSE ONCE YOU START LOOKING IT'S HARD TO STOP!