Poster Plakat A Collection of Posters from the Soviet Union and its Satellite Nations

Millions of posters were produced in the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1991 and the role of the printer was critical to poster output. After the artist produced a maquette (a preliminary sketch), this artistic example was sent to the publisher as well as to the censorship office for approval. If approved, the maquette was created into a full-sized poster and then the printer prepared the design for duplication.

With over 1,000 posters in the Poster Plakat Collection, the history of the Soviet Union's printing and publishing sectors is visualized on this website. Use the searchable index below to locate each printer in the Collection. Each printer name below links to the corresponding posters they produced.