Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

This is a Soviet poster (1939), promoting Captain's Cigars.

If "Soviet Advertising" seems to you as logical as "vegetarian carnivore" or "sweet salt", get ready for a big surprise. Actually, this poster is a teaser for my new mini-series starting next week - an overview of the Communist commercial art in the Diesel Era.

See ya!

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Comment by Larry on April 6, 2011 at 9:21pm
Very interesting poster and a wonderful tease for your mini-series. I expect we're going to learn a lot about history that we never knew.
Comment by Cap'n Tony on April 6, 2011 at 4:11pm
Looking forward to it! Soviet Art always held an interesting "Forbidden Fruit" aspect to this child of the Cold War.
Comment by Stefan on April 5, 2011 at 12:05pm
With such a start, I just can't wait ! Wonderful idea, Lord K.
Comment by Luiz Felipe Vasques on April 5, 2011 at 11:43am
And may this be the real loss. If you loose the avant-garde, and become purely market/product-oriented, you loose in culture. It doesn't offer anything else to consider, all's left is to look back and have a superficial, rather residual, glimpse of how things were.
Comment by lord_k on April 5, 2011 at 11:36am
Then you'll be surprised by the 30s' ads - not avant-garde anymore but still a perfect match for their Western counterparts.
Comment by Luiz Felipe Vasques on April 5, 2011 at 11:28am
Hum, my imprecision, sorry. But what was showed (shown?) were pieces that, although nicely done, had almost ony one theme: the state and Stalin himself. The room for all that marvelous experimentalism where the likes of Maiakowsky could create and try was over.
Comment by lord_k on April 5, 2011 at 10:16am

Just a minor correction, Luiz Felipe:

Stalin came to power in 1927, some historians will say in 1929 or even 1930.But in 1930s and early 1940s Soviet posters were no less colorful and eye-catching than in 1920s. You'll see it in two weeks, I plan to post a special on 30s advertisements.

Comment by Luiz Felipe Vasques on April 5, 2011 at 9:25am

That would be great to see! About 10 years ago, I attended at an exposition called "Red Printshop", about russian posters and printed artwork of the late imperial period and soviet era. It was amazing the explosion of colors, composition and creativity printed in the first 30 years of Revolution, untill sadly Stalin came along and everything became about him, all dull and narcisistic.

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