How Posters Were Used
“No government in the world today is making such extensive use of poster propaganda as the soviet government of Russia."
Dr. Harold Willoughby, a University of Chicago professor, made this statement in a 1921 article on posters of the Russian Civil War. Willoughby was correct, political propaganda was everywhere in the Soviet Union and when Eastern Europe fell under the sphere of Soviet influence, poster propaganda became a fixture of Communist Bloc nations.
Political posters were on buildings and displayed in nearly every facility a person entered. Posters were also a form of political indoctrination. Repetition was key to reinforcement and posters often used slogans like, "Glory to Lenin!”, "Forward to Communism!", "Long Live the Great Soviet People!", to name a few. Posters were not randomly displayed, there was a formalized plan with rules on their implementation. A poster was to be easily observed, its messages quickly absorbed and its positioning calculated to reach the audience in the best manner possible.
Below are political posters photographed during the Soviet-era. All images were borrowed from websites and photo credits are accorded where applicable.
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