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Gorgeous Vintage Soviet Art and Propaganda Posters

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What war, peace, and mass culture have to do with theater masterpieces and literary classics.

The convergence of vintage design and propaganda is a thing of beauty and power, be it in science or in politics. Ben Perry’s massive collection of 20th-century Soviet and Russian propaganda, advertising, and art posters, created between 1917 and 1991, offers a beautiful perspective on mid-century design and the modernist aesthetic from the other side of the Iron Curtain.

For more such gems, in context, see Maria LaFont’s excellent Soviet Posters: The Sergo Grigorian Collection.

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