25 Communist Propaganda Posters That Catapult You Back To The Cold War

Published February 6, 2015
Updated May 31, 2018

Art is a site of cultural transformation. These communist propaganda posters take you back to one of the biggest movements in history.

Communist Propaganda Posters

Burov: “We march for integration.” Source: Huffington Post

The Russian avant-garde movement was more than just a faction of the art scene; it linked the Soviet working class and the Communist Party and served as a site of cultural transformation.

1930s Soviet Union Poster
1930s: “For the Industrial Plan; for completing a five-year plan in only four; against religion."

Long Live The Socialist Revolution
"Long live the socialist revolution!"

Beautiful Communist Posters
1928: "Down with world fascism!" Source: Huffington Post

Workers Of The World
Anti-Nazi propaganda: "Worker, be on the alert!" Source: Huffington Post

Russian Revolution Posters
1920: “Vrangel is next on line." (Vrangel was a commanding general in the Russian Civil War.)

Communist Posters Sun Growth
1920: “The organization of consumer cooperatives strengthens the Red Army.” Source: Huffington Post

Follow The True Path Comrades
1920s: “Follow the true path, comrades!”

Communist Propaganda Posters From The Cold War
1970s art by Boris Parmeev: “We grow under the sun of our country.”

Propaganda Posters From The Soviet Union
1920s: "All workers choose the Soviets!" Source: Huffington Post

Communist Posters Worker Alert
1970s: “We are in solidarity with you, Vietnam!” Source: Huffington Post

Avant Garde Soviet Posters
1930: Poster from Gustav Klutsis: “With great labor we will fulfill the plan.” Source: Huffington Post

Communist Posters Socialist Revolution
1920s: “All power to the Soviets. Peace to the People. Land to the peasants.” Source: Huffington Post

With Guns We Will Defeat The Enemy
1920s: “With guns we will defeat the enemy, with hard work we will have bread. To work, comrades!”

Soviet Union Posters
1920s: “Long live the 3rd Communist International – from a red October to a world revolution.”

Collective Farm Poster
1931: “Come to us on the collective farm, comrade!"

1930’s: “Komsomol is the shock brigade of the five year plan.” (Komsomol are communist youth) Source: Huffington Post

Lenin Engels And Marx Communist Poster
1960. “Forward, to the victory of communism!” Poster features Lenin, Engels and Marx.

Death To Capitalism
1919: "Death to capital, or death under the heel of capitalism!" Source: Huffington Post

Communist Posters Proletarians
1921: “Proletarians of all countries, unite!" Source: Huffington Post

Communist Posters Military Technology
1950: “Soldiers! History requires excellent knowledge of military technology.” Source: Huffington Post

Ten Commandments Of The Proletariat
1930: “The Ten Commandments of the Proletariat.”

World War 2 Soviet Union Posters
World War II: "The Motherland Calls"

Communist Propaganda Posters From The 1930s
1930s: "Communist Youth, to tractors! Into the shock troops of the spring harvest!"

Communist Posters Russian Revolution
The Russian Revolution: “Have you signed up with the volunteers?” Source: Huffington Post

It didn’t stop at posters. All facets of media were used as political tools to install kitschy hope and pride into societal bloodstreams.

When paired with an educational system that would indoctrinate and form a “new-man” to embody the Soviet cause, it seemed that the Soviet propaganda machine--and by extension, the Soviets--was unstoppable.

Said one schooling theorist,

“We must make the young into a generation of Communists. Children, like soft wax, are very malleable and they should be moulded into good Communists... We must rescue children from the harmful influence of the family... We must nationalize them. From the earliest days of their little lives, they must find themselves under the beneficent influence of Communist schools... To oblige the mother to give her child to the Soviet state – that is our task."

After seeing these beautiful Communist propaganda posters from the Soviet Union, see our other posts of vintage Soviet propaganda posters and stunning photographs of China before communism.

Erin Kelly
An All That's Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she's designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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Kelly, Erin. "25 Communist Propaganda Posters That Catapult You Back To The Cold War." AllThatsInteresting.com, February 6, 2015, https://allthatsinteresting.com/communist-propaganda-posters-cold-war. Accessed June 25, 2024.