I’ve been a sucker for Soviet-era Russian posters ever since seeing a Stenberg Brothers exhibition of Russian film posters in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in 1998. Imagine my delight then this week when Creative Review tweeted (@CreativeReview) a series of public information posters mainly from the 30s, 40s and 50s on the perils of booze for the heroic Soviet worker and his heroic Soviet family:
I could have picked many but I enjoyed this one the most:
There’s just so much going on in there, from the stern finger-pointing matriarch to the fist-clenching neglected child, to some Cossack dancing gone badly wrong.
Then there’s this one. This is how you motivate people to change their behaviour in a command-and-control economy, I guess. I wonder if it worked?
It certainly managed to produce a few chess champions but I suspect even Deep Blue has the occasional tipple.
Can’t argue with the message though.
- Scott Beale: Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters (laughingsquid.com)