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

The role of the printer in the Soviet Union was critical to poster output. Millions of posters were produced by the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1991. After the artist produced a maquette (a poster’s preliminary sketch), it was sent to the publisher and censorship bureau for approval. If approved, it was created into a full-sized poster and the printer prepared the design for processing.

With over 1,000 posters in the Poster Plakat Collection, the history of the Soviet publishing and printing sectors literally can be visualized on this website. Use the searchable index below to locate each printer in the Collection. Each name links to the poster.