The Art of Communism #2


Meet the Five-Year Target Figures for
the Production of Coal in Three Years (1931)

9 comments:

Rob said...

Between the CCCP and the Third Reich, they had the propoganda poster down cold. Real cold. Brrrr.

BCNU

Tom Sutpen said...

I'd cut my own head off before I posted a Nazi propaganda poster here, but Communism (guided by almost as debased a philosophy) no longer sways the world, And the Soviet variety, as typified in these and the dozens of other posters I've got coming up, is almost quaint.

The only thing that isn't quaint about these posters, though, is the imagery. An earlier comment in this series nailed it by saying these posters pre-figured Pop art by a good 45-50 years.

Gotta love that.

swac said...

I have a book of advertising art from fascist Italy...some of it stunning, like the world's most threatening toothpaste ad.

There's also some poster for a fascist youth organization that looks like someone cribbed heavily from Herge's Tintin comics...

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

I have a book of advertising art from fascist Italy...some of it stunning, like the world's most threatening toothpaste ad.

*****
Post them if you want, Stephen. I have zero problem with it, honest. What I was referring to was Nazi propaganda crap with a serious anti-semitic, Aryan Supremacist cast to it (irony is great, but I don't want that shit polluting this blog regardless of the intent).

Anyway, you should know by now I trust your instincts, so go to it.

Rob said...

Tom - post Nazi ones if you must, but remember, others read your maunderings, others who are not very forgiving. In Yurp, you can't even show the hackenkreuz, and I wwonder how the PC censors there keep up with the WWW.

Stephen - I remember when a recycled Hitler Youth poster was reworked for a recent election, until an astute viewer caught on and blew the whistle. It was a perfect visual political statement, and they changed the color of the tie and Brownshirt, reworded it and ran with it. Arbeit Macht Frei, I guess.

BCNU

Tom Sutpen said...

Rob wrote:

Tom - post Nazi ones if you must, but remember, others read your maunderings, others who are not very forgiving. In Yurp, you can't even show the hackenkreuz, and I wwonder how the PC censors there keep up with the WWW.

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I'm about as un-PC as you can get, but I think there are limits to what I will bear, and Nazi propaganda materials about sinister Jews or Aryan glory make me ill, truly (and for those reading there words who might be wondering: No. I'm not Jewish. I didn't know you needed to be in order to be offended by that crap).

That being said, I'll have zero problem with Stephen posting Italian Fascist posters, so long as the images are striking (that's the standard I'm using for the Communist posters) and so long as the political content isn't too strident. As I said, I trust Stephen's sensibilities (it's become increasingly obvious since he joined this blog how close they are to my own); I doubt he'll post anything that might prove troublesome to visitors.

swac said...

The one source I have for this Italian fascist stuff is innocuously called "Italian Art Deco Between the Wars" and most of it is fairly neutral, but there are a lot of undercurrents as well. There's an ad for Pastina that features an art deco baby face, but it's painted as if lit from below, and looks very menacing. So if menacing baby faces sound intriguing, I'll begin a new series...

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

The one source I have for this Italian fascist stuff is innocuously called "Italian Art Deco Between the Wars" and most of it is fairly neutral, but there are a lot of undercurrents as well. There's an ad for Pastina that features an art deco baby face, but it's painted as if lit from below, and looks very menacing. So if menacing baby faces sound intriguing, I'll begin a new series...

*****
You officially have my blessing; even of the images with undercurrents.

I just want to stay away from anything overt, that's all.

Jay Wood said...

This one is in Ukranian, not Russian.