Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Tsarist and Soviet Posters

A Time of Relaxation in the Camp. 1904.

Ia. M. Serebriakov's tobacco factory, Omsk.
His own shops in Omsk and Tomsk. c. 1914.

Unparalled battle of the "Variag"
and the "Koreets" at Chemul'po. 1904.

"Posters were a popular form of art in the late tsarist and Soviet periods. They have been used for a variety of purposes, including commercial advertising, nationalist slogans, and ideological campaigns. This collection includes tsarist-era advertisements and a set of posters from the era of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-5) that contains images reflecting a jingoistic Russian perspective of that war. Other poster topics include polar flights in the 1930s, the Brezhnev-era construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) railroad, and the achievements of Soviet industry in Siberia."
There are about 25 Tsarist and Soviet posters (chromolithographs) from the National Library of Russia in St Petersburg (via the Library of Congress)

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