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Today, another set of 1930s posters and magazine covers from Japan:
The Advertising World magazine cover, September 1933

Brought to us by Pink Tentacle, these artifacts reflect the strength of Modernist tendencies in Japanese art.

Buy domestic! (1930)

"Reijin" sheet music cover (1930)

"Young Miss" (Ojo-san) movie poster (1930)

NAPF (Japanese Proletarian Artists Federation) magazine cover (1931)

Nikke men's wear ad, 1931

Magazine ad for "Seishun Zukai" movie (1931)

Grand Nagoya Festival poster by Kenkichi Sugimoto (1933)

Nippon magazine cover (October 1934)

Poster for Tokyo Construction Fair (1935)

Poster for Shimadzu mannequin exhibition (1935)

Nikke knitwear, 1936

Nippon magazine cover (June 1936)

An advertisement for the Tokyo Summer Olympics (canceled due to the war in China)


Nikke socks and knitwear (1937)

Poster for 1940 Grand International Exposition of Japan (also canceled)



Original Pink Tentacle blogpost with more posters and covers

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Comment by John Paul Catton on September 9, 2012 at 12:02pm


Comment by Larry on March 4, 2011 at 7:29pm

Very true.


sometimes one private advertisement contains more propagandistic value than all State-issued posters.

Comment by lord_k on March 4, 2011 at 6:34am

To Pilsner Panther:

I'd say Suprematism rather than Constructivism, but one way or another it's an interesting thought. In 1930s Soviet Russia was considered one of Japan's potential enemies and this attitude was not only verbal - remember "border clashes" of 1938 and 1939?

To Larry:

sometimes one private advertisement contains more propagandistic value than all State-issued posters.


Comment by Pilsner Panther on March 4, 2011 at 6:23am

Interesting how there's so much of the influence of Russian geometric abstraction (Constructivism) here, since the Russians and the Japanese were traditional enemies... only a few decades earlier, they'd been at war:


Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery.

Comment by Larry on March 3, 2011 at 7:38pm
Of course, advertising is just another word for propaganda. But leaving that aside, these are really interesting.

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