25 Soviet Propaganda Posters From The Height Of The Cold War

Published April 11, 2017
Updated December 28, 2018

These vintage Soviet propaganda posters represent the peak of Cold War iconography and state-sponsored manipulation.

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During World War II, Soviet propaganda posters focused primarily on demonizing Nazi Germany and celebrating national war efforts.

Though the artistic style of those campaigns persisted into the immediate post-war period, this era's propaganda shifted to focus on all aspects of life -- be they social, athletic, technological, or economic.

The approach shifted again during the height of the Cold War, when ads were mostly meant to assure citizens of the Soviet Union's superiority over the United States.

Throughout the decades, regardless of the exact content, all Soviet propaganda posters had to be colorful, uplifting, well-designed, and eye-catching in order for the messages to really stick. And they were.

So enjoy this compilation of the twenty-five most striking vintage Soviet propaganda posters. If it didn't go against the very socialist principles that these posters were promoting, we'd say that the Soviet Union's marketing team deserved a raise.

Next, take a look at 21 vile Nazi propaganda posters that are insidiously well made. Then, check out these fascinating American propaganda posters from World War II.