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Posters from the former Soviet Union 1
reflect the official ideology of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Though they were printed in massive quantities, most were destroyed in the early 90's (no-one has realized the value of those posters...). The destruction was a systematic operation, so there really are only very few posters remaining. That fact has a big influence on their current price in the market.

All posters on this page are available. "det" in the image name means that the picture shows only a detail from a poster - look where the whole poster is listed for translation and price. Our comments are in italics, translations of the poster are in regular script. Some translations courtesy of Dmitriy S Zakharov of the Georgetown University ("I've tried to make these translations be both as literal as possible (so people can get a feel for the propagandistic language) while also sounding more or less "right" in English.")

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381/ The border police day: May 28th
€83      Available now! See if there is a discount available.
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/ There is no higher heroism/purpose than to help making my homeland safe. 
This officer, hero of the Soviet Union, commands the border patrol troops. €57

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397/ The 9th May 1945 - Victory! Victory! Victory! Victory!   €59   
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309/ The Great Seal of Soviet Union, banner reads Proletarians of all countries, unite!, in 15 languages of 15 soviet republics.   €89
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This year, the traffic doubled again, so we have to take the following measures:

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413ds1/ doublesided   Poster about a hero from the Soviet-Afghan War. It describes his actions in the conflict in Afghanistan.    €34
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413ds2/ doublesided    Heroes create heroes. A detailed story of a hero from the Afghan War.   Price: see 413ds1  
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/ The [Communist] Party - The intellect, honour and conscience of our era! Lenin. €118 
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/ The Constitution Day (October 7th). Family is under protection of the Government. €77
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207/ May 9th, 1945 The end of WW2 for Soviet Union     €124     Available now! See if there is a discount available.
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339/ Work like revolutionists!!  Lenin
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/ Glasnost [=non-censured speech policy adopted by Gorbatchev as part of the Perestroyka in 1985], brave thoughts, high culture of discussions - is the most important thing in the work of the party meeting [meant was, of course, the Communist Party, the only party then allowed.
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1802/ Russian alphabet (in Cyrilic). In Czech: We are preparing ourselves for the Russian language competition. Original Czech poster from the 80's, thin paper, €24
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310/ For socialistic law and order. Our strenght is in the unity with nation. Photo of Dzerzhinsky, the early director of soviet secret police. In the middle pictured a policeman. Medals of the police and Ministry of Interior.  €87        Detailed images
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/ Thanks for my life, Soldier! (in Ukrainian). €94
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401/ We'll give happiness to the new inhabitants of the buildings we build. We'll build 2,3 billions of square meters of apartments by the year 2000. [that was said in 1988... We wonder what the number really is today... The "poster enthusiasn" is gone for sure though...]      €37
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/ To do bad job is not profitable! €45

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292/ Thanks to builders! New home. €77   Available now! See if there is a discount available.
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378/ Hurrah for the soldier! May 9th, 1945 (The day when Hitler got defeated. The official end of the WW2 for Russia)     €38
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/ Lenin, portrait, €249

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423/ We won't let you do bad job! A very scary picture, I think. €76 Available now! See if there is a discount available.

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337/ Hurrah!  Hurrah!  Hurrah!  It is the WW2 soviet soldier. Coming home winning, evidently, surprisingly he looks really sad.     €89     Available now! See if there is a discount available.

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/ Lenin in Gorki with a cat, €74 
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/ Not a single privilege for a single nation... V.I.Lenin [he is trying to convince people that the Russians are, indeed, not more privileged than, say, Kazakhs] €88

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/ We need constructive ideas - offer them! Blank space provided for workers' input €53
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/ On the guard of law and socialistic order. Poster about the police and their work. Lots of pictures. Designs of "agitational counters" at police stations. Printed on both sides. All these posters were folded right after printing - as the image shows. €49

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/ Lenin is Omnipresent...

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/ For Excellent Service to the MVD (Ministry of Interior)
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/ An outstanding individual (literally) of the police

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/ How to organize competition?

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/ Our socialist responsibilities: (Blank space for Your pledges).
How to organize a competition Lenin.  €96

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567/ Empathy is the main and, possibly, the only law that of human existence. F. M. Dostoyevsky. €98
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/Build like you would for yourself! €38

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/ The traditions of fathers in the actions of sons €87 
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/ To a youth who is thinking about life: You need to take as a rule to try with all your might to not move away from Lenin. This person is in our human condition the most correct prophetic instance. Lunacharev €47

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/ The National Anthem of the USSR. €56

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/ Samarkand. Historical city in the desert in Uzbekstan, Central Asia (Central Asian region borders Afghanistan). €54 

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530/ Stop and punish harshly the lovers of the unearned rouble! (Rouble is the Russian monetary unit) €74 Available now! See if there is a discount available.
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/ Protect the nature. Build instead of destroy! The corner of ecological education. ...to protect nature means to protect the homeland. This poster was intended as a material for agitational workers. €52

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/ Welcome, feathered friends
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/ Our forest must live!

 

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/ Cut down one - plant ten
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/ Let us start working. We are all experts at talking, but thanks, I got enough of that. €49 
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527/ The border police's german shepherd-/
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 but I am sure that she will be nasty to any enemies [The boy has a hat of the border patrol. The official purpose of the patrol was to catch any enemies that would try to enter the USSR "thru the woods". The real purpose was to capture their very own citizens of the USSR, whose only escape was often thru this border. This poster was published by "Malysh", a publisher of books for children. Brainwashing of children, the totalitarian system at work...]     €127   Available now! See if there is a discount available.
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273/ V.I. Lenin     €284
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/ Our Fatherland is in danger: Crisis of economy, Confrontation, Criminality, Separatism. The Soviet flag is being torn apart... €97

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526b/ Flags and seals of Soviet Republics. A list of all the republics, together with seals and flags   €48;     €95 for the set of 2    Available now! See if there is a discount available.
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526a/ The [official] great seal and the flag of the homeland. The national anthems of the Latvian Republic and the [former] Soviet Union, in both Latvian and Russian languages.     €54    €95 for the set of 2   
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563/ Keep an exact and honest account of finances, manage efficiently, don't steal, maintain the toughest discipline on your job. "We learn from Lenin" series. Coated paper.    €156     Available now! See if there is a discount available.
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402/ That's it, boys! Shoddy goods won't fly!    €48
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/ MayDay - the day of the solidarity of workers worldwide. €126
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/ Peace, Work, May. On her T-shirt: USSR. The revolution continues. €197
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/ May 1st of 1920. One of the rare instances when an young, sexy girl was used in the poster. €229, 

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328/ October 7- The Constitution Day. The Constitution of USSR. Highlighted chapters discuss the role of soviets in the government.      €79
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/ V.I.Lenin [Lenin with a telephone! ] Thick, glossy paper.  €224
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481/ Seals of all Soviet republics; Lenin €272      Available now! See if there is a discount available.

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274/ Lenin - The Leader      €276
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821/ Valery Stoylov: Cathedral. This beautiful art reproduction printed in 1990 in the Czech republic (right after The Velvet Revolution). Russian artist. The signature on the painting says Valery Stoylov, 81. Author and year printed on the bottom.
13,25"x18,5", carton. See also detailed pictures below.     €39
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/ Lenin. This unusual portrait  found in the Czech republic. The writing says "Red Lenin 1987. Screenprint 39 3/8 x 29 1/2 in. (100 x 75 cm) printed on Arches 88." The actual size is smaller, this is a reproduction. €139
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/ We need to live in peace! Flags of the USA and [former] USSR, the Soviet Union. €253
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/ MayDay €189

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428/ Acceleration, perestroika, glasnost, democracy - USSR. The four typical slogans of soviet perestroika    €78
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/ Let us add it up: what do we get from Khozraschot: blank space left so workers could write down their own input! 44
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/ The Revolution continues! October 1917. €47
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405/ Everything is in your hands, team!  Blank space provided for personal pledges and their outcomes.      €69    Available now! Up to 50% offposter 405det1.jpg
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/ One of the very few posters that were real advertisements. This one is trying to recruit students for a craft school, address of whici is included on the poster. €68

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287/ 120th anniversary of birth of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin   €189
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/ Lenin, big size portrait, heavy coated paper €247

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/ Energy to the youth - for factual matters. In Ukrainian €78

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/ In the direction of Perestroyka. €79
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/ In Ukrainian €72
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/ Iniciative needs space. I am not sure, but it looks like some system of workers being paid partially in shares. In Ukrainian language. €54
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/ We remember [in Ukrainian] Fine paper. €89
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 Kandinsky, Vassily
Kandinsky, Vassily: St. George I.
24"x32" - €18 (shown)
40"x44" - €36 (different layout - to see both images enlarged and to purchase, click here. Note: this is not an original poster, but an art print!    Available now!

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513a/ K. Marx, F. Engels...   €128
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513b/ Pictures of the Utopic Socialists and predecessors of the Communists   €74
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513c/ ...and revolutionary Russia. Lenin €121; €268 for the set of 3
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/ POster with blank spaces to be filled in by the workers. The topics include: Work Experience, Socialistic Pledges, THe Work Plan, THe Fullfilling of the Goals, The Time Frame of the Meeting, Important Messages. €84

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286/ Dec 30th - Day of the Creation of the USSR.   €154
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/ Vtilimo v spravi partii slovo! [in Ukrainian]. Printed on a fragile paper. €114
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/ Bread and friendship are our basis. The National Emblem is bound from the spikes. Bread and friendship are the most holy things for us. We are proud of it and it makes us strong. €79
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/ May Day. Eorkers of all countries, unite! [in Ukrainian]. €105
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225/ Live and work in truth and good conscience!     €73      Available now! See if there is a discount available.poster 1263.jpg
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/ The Communistic Subbotnik ("voluntary", non-paid, extra shift on Saturdays) requires the highest pruductivity of work! €123

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/ V.I. Lenin, portrait de luxe, €253
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400/ We will safeguard the peace on the earth!    €147  
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552/ Very many various villains wander in this country and around.
We will, of course, crush them, but to do away with all of them is extremely difficult.   Vl. Mayakovski   Mayakovski was a well known revolutionary poet. He admired Lenin tremendously as well as the soviet system. Lenin wasn't that enthusiastic about Mayakovsky and Mayakovski himself also saw later on that The System is not as great as he expected. He shot himself.  €144    Available now! See if there is a discount available.

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278/ Peace / Peace  Soviet and American flags     €258    Available now! See if there is a discount available.
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/ Towards peace and agreement. The wish about the nations within the Soviet Union... €97

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211/ Socialism means peace and building up. "Izvestia" (=The News) newspaper. Peace declaration.  €197   Available now! See if there is a discount available.

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/ The flag and anthem of the USSR. €68
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/ Ukrainian "socialistic" flag and anthem, in Ukrainian and Russian €89
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/ The Central Committee of the Communist Party and the Soviet Government are counting on the fact that the scientists and the scientific-technical intelligencia of the country will take close to heart those tasks, which the party sets forth, will not hold back their efforts to accelerate scientific-technical progress. €78
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The following images are original lithographs by Vaclav Masek. They were printed in 1945 by Melantrich, Prague. They were made as illustrations to Vladimir Mayakovsky book called "150,000.000" (Vladimir Mayakovsky committed suicide in 1930.).
Now, the lithos are sold separately as well (21x30,5cm = 8¼ x 12").
Price:
€640 for the whole book (including almost 100 pages of the lyrics - Czech translation by Bohumil Mathesius. Book is in category w2, the discount is already reflected in the above price), or individual prices for each litho - see below. High-res scans of the images are available.
Book Available now!

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The book cover. €104
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Mayakovsky portrait and signature. The signature looks original, black ink to me, but I am not an expert and I cannot guarantee that. €80
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This and the next image are one picture, printed on a double-page. Price for the double page: €157
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There has been an unmanageable flow of traffic on our website for the past few years.

This year, the traffic doubled again, so we have to take the following measures:

  • Small images, those that appear on the main poster listing pages, are accessible without restrictions.
  • "Big" images are are only 500 pixels tall on the web. A bit larger images are available on our Propaganda Posters CD. This entire collection of posters and many valuable bonuses are included on the CD.
  • Really big images: see scans