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 publisher was critical to poster output. After the artist produced a maquette (a preliminary sketch) their example was sent to a publisher as well as to the censorship office for approval. If approved, the maquette was created into a full-sized poster. At that point, a printer prepared the design for duplication.

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