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Russian and/or Soviet propaganda & advert posters [1917-1991]

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. dying [deleted] says:

An incredible collection of propaganda!
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Gueоrgui says:

This is not all propaganda; there are several posters for exhibitions, theatre plays and movies.

However, this is an amazing collection, it's very cool to relive the history of the Soviet Union through these posters.

If at all possible, they should be titled and annotated, if you have the sources? I can help with a few.
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bpx says:

Thx, G. I would very much appreciate any information you might have since basically none was provided with the pix (dl'ed in short time from a long-disappeared Russian site).

I know that those beginning with 'Ku' are for Kultura (Culture) and some others are grouped with Kosmos (Space), but otherwise, I have no details. Please enlighten.
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Gueоrgui says:

Hi bpx, I've added short comments to the first part of the Kultura set. I'll try to provide info for other posters as best I can.

However, for example for the Hr set (Hungary) I don't read the language, so I won't be able to provide any interesting information...
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Luis.Vieira says:

Thank you for sharing this. It's in fact an amazing set!
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alvazora says:

thank you for sharing this!

from where did you get such wonderful collection?
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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Sebastian Schubanz says:

great collection!
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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bpx says:

G., thanks once again for your extensive commentaries through the Kultura set... It certainly adds a lot of value to the viewing. Now I just have to figure out how to remove the 'Propaganda' tag from the "Ku_" posters.... Hmmmm, how to remove a tag in batch operations?
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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bpx says:

OK, done. Kultura posters no longer tagged under 'propaganda'. (Thx flickr gamma!)
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opserver says:

Amazing set.

There are several posters (Ku_290-Ku_307) in
Lithuanian that predate introduction of communist
rule in that country, so USSR, Russia
tags do not apply
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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opserver says:

"do_" posters all seem to predate Russian
revolution (do-revoliutsionnye ?), therefore
USSR, propaganda tags are incorrect.
Most of them are ads for merchandise,
breweries., etc. Beautiful art-nouveau.
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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JakeBloodless says:

Спасибо.
Очень большая коллекция ;)
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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Quod says:

Thank you for sharing! Incrediblle colection!
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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bpx says:

thx opserver! I will retag/untag accordingly...
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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jesselperry says:

you're my brother!
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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RMAC says:

dope. long live Russian Constructivism!
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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JakobBeetz says:

This is great! Can you tell us the sources (books) you took this from?
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

sp_nce [deleted] says:

Amazing work.
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nuno.paredes says:

Outstanding!
Congrats!
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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Live And Basic says:

Hey. Thanks! This may be usful for my Social Studies project. Don't worry, I'll give you credit. :P
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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ccbump says:

impressive. good work.
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purpleslog says:

Thank you for documenting this with Flickr!
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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bpx says:

Hey everyone! Thanks so much for the comments and appreciation. I acquired these from a mysterious Russian site (link sadly lost) in November 2005 and thought they would be of interest to the web world at large. But I had no idea just how popular they would be. (I'm still updating tags like crazy.) In particular, a hearty thank you to the Russian translators and historians. Your input is astounding!

Cпасибо !!! ---Ben Perry, a dumbfounded Yankee

www.tranzformer.de/blog
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Gueоrgui says:

Hey Ben, I'm writing up some more comments for the Br_ set. My guess is that it's from the relative "detente" of the Brezhnev era (1970's).

Maybe we'll have all those posters annotated one day :)
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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bpx says:

Update: new tags, titles

So, (most likely) the two-letter prefixes (with the exception of Ku_ for Kultura and do_ for pre-USSR adverts (?)) designate the Soviet ruler during the respective time period for each poster.

Ku_ pics are now titled Kultura (and removed 'propaganda' tag) and Go_ Gorbachev (and added 'perestroika' and 'Gorbachev' tags). Retitling all of them, however, was becoming rather time-comsuming.

So... I simply tagged the Br_ group with 'Brezhnev', Le_ with 'Lenin', St_ with 'Stalin', etc. To isolate a particular era, simply do a tag search for the respective ruler. As per opserver's advice, I tagged Kultura 290-307 with Lithuanian (and removed ussr-related tags). Btw, which others are also Lithuanian? Carry on comrades, Ben

And thx again, spacelion ;-)
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

VincenzoF [deleted] says:

These are absolutely spectacular. AWESOME!
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ocherdraco says:

Fantastic—I really appreciate your taking the time to put all of these up.
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bpx says:

Lots of people have been asking about a quick way to download all of these at once. Well, I think I found it. I haven't tried it yet but judging by the comments, it should work OK (although it might stop at 100 photos):
www.greggman.com/pages/flickrdown.htm

here's a few more flickr downloaders:
www.leiderman.org/Downloadr/
vikingospub.blogspot.com/2006/05/mass-download-original-p...

and then there's this, a screen saver that downloads:
cellardoorsw.com/?page_id=4
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Dr. Bleep says:

Thanks for this great set!
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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Gueоrgui says:

Kottke linked here :)
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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punchy1 says:

Fucking commie pieces of shit murder millions and all you prats admire their art work? This style of design should be reviled. Instead you wussy macheads suck it up with straws.
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ideaprison says:

great collection, thanks for sharing!
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ian/pm says:

I think punchy1 is severely frustrated, poor lad. Although it is strange that we adore USSR kitsch, but don't give the same treatment to Nazi propaganda/graphic design.

Purely from a graphic design point of view this is a fascinating collection, sadly some of the most oppressive regimes seem to result in the most beautiful artwork.
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

VincenzoF [deleted] says:

Notice punchy1 doesn't have one single photo in his photostream?

YAWN.
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opserver says:

Provenance of few more posters:

Lithuanian:
Kultura 251, 252, 262, 271, 309-312, 316-342
BR_028, Br_391-404
Hr_018-026
St_078-085
Le_087-089

Latvian:
Kultura 253-259, 263-266, 272, 277, 279, 280, 282, 284, 285, 288, 308
Br_390, Br_389

Estonian:
Kultura 250, 260, 261, 267-269, 273

Czech:
Kultura 274

Kultura 313-315 are Polish posters of Lithuanian culture / folk art shows.
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rkiga says:

thanks bpx, and most of all to those translating these posters!
Posted 96 months ago. ( permalink )

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Ape K says:

Thanks very much, I'm reminded of some of my childhood picture books - I was born in Lithuania. I've always liked the strong Art Deco lines in many of these posters.
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krisheding says:

I'm speechless! This is fantastic! It's so hard to find a good collection of Russian/Soviet Union/USSR posters from the last century. I've added a few comments here and there to the posters where I know some sort of info (the artist or the year or what the poster reads in English) but it's not much, I'm afraid. Thank you for uploading these! I'm very excited about looking through them all.
Posted 95 months ago. ( permalink )

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Mirabilia says:

Amazing set.
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ortsz says:

This is a fantastic collection. I am so glad I've stumbled across these.

Your effort in getting these and putting them on flickr is much appreciated (and so is the work of everyone who has translated them).
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varske says:

An incredible collection. It made me remember that I also had a collection of Soviet posters somewhere. When I found them and compared, there are some the same, but not all mine are in your collection. Mine are in a book (A3 size for each poster), with notes for each poster.

Not sure what the position is about copyright. Or how to photo them. Any advice. I will try and check them against yours and add some captions.
Posted 94 months ago. ( permalink )

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vegelony says:

this collection is just what i need for my tech assignment! im so glad i found it. thanks to you and everyone else who has worked on it. it is truly a fantastic resource.
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Gueоrgui says:

Hi Varske,
If I remember correctly, on Wikipedia it says that works created in the Soviet Union prior to 1973 weren't covered by international copyright conventions, and are thus public domain outside of Russia (ie, on the Internets). However, this is Wikipedia, so it might be wrong.

Now about scanning, don't know what to tell you. A flatbed scanner might break your book, so the best would probably be to photograph each poster individually (if you feel up for it!). The best way would be to get some kind of holder for your camera, or you'll get tired of it pretty quickly. Also, prefer neon (white) lighting to standard incandescent (yellow) lighting.

Good luck and looking forward to seeing them :)
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varske says:

G. Thanks for your help. Unfortunately they are in a bound book published by a major publisher after 1973, and from an identified museum in Russia. So the copy right issue is a bit tricky. Also since they are bound in a book, they are hard to scan or photo. I might have to destroy the book.

There are hundreds more posters on the site www.plakaty.ru/posters, but everything is in Russian. It's not difficult to navigate round though.
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bpx says:

thanks, varske, for all the fresh translations and extra information!
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catch_twenty_two says:

A fantastic collection... worthy of starting a Flckr group?
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quendron_mitheldel says:

About www.plakaty.ru - It's actually not all in Russian, there's a link that says "ENG" in the upper left corner, which leads you to eng.plakaty.ru/ .
Posted 93 months ago. ( permalink )

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I'll fight you for that sandwich says:

all these should be uploaded to wikipedia commons
Posted 93 months ago. ( permalink )

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pomarc says:

wonderful
Posted 92 months ago. ( permalink )

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evilbj8rn says:

It seems to me that plakaty.ru is the mysterious source of these posters: at least four of the posters identified as Estonian can be found on plakaty.ru and I think I've seen the pre-revolutionary ones there as well. The only problem with this theory is that the images on plakaty.ru appear to be a lot smaller than the original sizes here.
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evilbj8rn says:

Oh, and here's some additional resources:

www.russianposter.ru/ (Russian/German)
Posters of the Russian Civil War (English, with lots of additional information)
Posted 92 months ago. ( permalink )

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Basik. says:

Great collection. I love russian propaganda posters.
Posted 92 months ago. ( permalink )

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cold brains says:

bitchin. thanks for this album.
Posted 91 months ago. ( permalink )

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Computer Science Geek says:

Very cool.
Posted 90 months ago. ( permalink )

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strawberryluna says:

this set is amazing, thanks so much.
Posted 90 months ago. ( permalink )

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Benjamin Running says:

fantastic collection, thanks.
Posted 89 months ago. ( permalink )

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Krowtography says:

Excellect photoset. Thanks a lot for sharing these. I will be using some of them with my students tomorrow.

Cheers.
Posted 89 months ago. ( permalink )

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James John Malcolm says:

Looks amazin'
Posted 89 months ago. ( permalink )

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VJzoo says:

Beautiful collection, and SO many! Thanks a bunch for posting them.
Posted 87 months ago. ( permalink )

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'ju:femaiz says:

These are absolutely saweet dude!
Posted 86 months ago. ( permalink )

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Anyway_1095 says:

I want some walkman's poster ~~~ could you halp me ?
Posted 85 months ago. ( permalink )

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themechanism says:

A great collection! Bravo!
Posted 85 months ago. ( permalink )

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don.reid says:

wow! great resource for design inspiration!
Posted 84 months ago. ( permalink )

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killerbass says:

Great collection!
Posted 84 months ago. ( permalink )

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NotoriousMiG says:

V etogi, khoroshia kolectziya. Malodets.
Overall, a good collection. Good job.
Thanks for the memories, good, bad and ugly.
Posted 84 months ago. ( permalink )

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Niels displayed says:

Nice to see the oldskool work.
Posted 84 months ago. ( permalink )

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peterbox says:

Magnificent series, congratulations !
Posted 82 months ago. ( permalink )

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rootout says:

wow! thanks!!! really nice resource! :)
hmm... take a look at results: iso50.com/iso50.html

:P hehe
Posted 79 months ago. ( permalink )

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paperrobots1999 says:

This is an amazing set. Thank you for putting it together.
Posted 79 months ago. ( permalink )

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Best Old Cars2 says:

Wonderful collection in this set.
Posted 78 months ago. ( permalink )

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A.K.M.Ali hossain. says:

Congratulations. your photo is good .
Posted 78 months ago. ( permalink )

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enricoerriko says:

bravo ! grande lavoro,grazie di averci offerto la visione di questi manifesti
Posted 78 months ago. ( permalink )

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danperry.com says:

Amazing collection. Thanks for sharing.
Posted 77 months ago. ( permalink )

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MaD_RuSSIaN says:

спасибо за коллекцию.....)
Posted 76 months ago. ( permalink )

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Spirit of Boz says:

Wonderful set ! There are jewels in there !
Posted 72 months ago. ( permalink )

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tonythesuperperson says:

Amazing collection, thank you for sharing!
Posted 71 months ago. ( permalink )

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LowFuel says:

Awesome
Posted 68 months ago. ( permalink )

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Terekki says:

Nice work gathering these gems
Posted 68 months ago. ( permalink )

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Sara1973 says:

What an AMAZING collection! Thank you so much for sharing!!
Posted 68 months ago. ( permalink )

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Maitresinh says:

best collection ever...on ne sait plus ou regarder....
Posted 68 months ago. ( permalink )

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bruno zanchetta says:

Great collection. I love russian propaganda posters.
fantastic!
hug.
Posted 67 months ago. ( permalink )

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boomstation says:

What is an absolutely fantastic collection, and what a task! Thank you so much for your efforts. Just superb.
Posted 66 months ago. ( permalink )

lutz10am [deleted] says:

what a hammer collection...
Posted 66 months ago. ( permalink )

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Silent Enigma [CB] says:

amazing collection!
Posted 66 months ago. ( permalink )

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movase says:

It was great to find all these posters here. Thanks a lot!
Posted 65 months ago. ( permalink )

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enricoerriko says:

di nuovo,grande raccolta di soviet posters
Posted 65 months ago. ( permalink )

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enricoerriko says:

grande grande
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bertolo.ltda says:

Clap clap clap!!!!
Posted 64 months ago. ( permalink )

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theantiquepunk says:

One more comment to the pile. Thanks for the effort of uploading these.
Posted 63 months ago. ( permalink )

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theantiquepunk says:

I snagged all of these and uploaded them to some file repositories if anyone still wants them.

darkflux.org.uk/art/propaganda/sovietussr-posters/
Posted 63 months ago. ( permalink )

søppelsolen [deleted] says:

fantastic set!! thank you for sharing.
Posted 59 months ago. ( permalink )

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_valerka_ says:

обалденная подборка!
Posted 59 months ago. ( permalink )

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.alessandra says:

This set is AMAZING!
Posted 55 months ago. ( permalink )

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Simon Wilches says:

Wonderful
Posted 54 months ago. ( permalink )

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VonMurr says:

Awesome Collection - Thanks for Sharing :)
Posted 52 months ago. ( permalink )

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Cabeza en fotos says:

Espectacular.
Posted 47 months ago. ( permalink )

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tomfriedrich0 says:

I have appreciated the quality of design in Soviet posters for about 10-15 years, and I just wanted to say thanks.
Posted 44 months ago. ( permalink )

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Sovetskiy says:

. West always lies when he speaks of the USSR
Posted 33 months ago. ( permalink )

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suzanne carpenter says:

This set is amazingly brilliantly wonderful! thank you for sharing it :D
Posted 28 months ago. ( permalink )

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rob88low says:

is it possible to get some of these posters in high res from you?
Posted 26 months ago. ( permalink )

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Τιτάν says:

great collection:D thanks for sharing
Posted 25 months ago. ( permalink )

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John Lorr says:

Thanks awesome collection, I was wondering if there was a way for me (and others) to download the posters to my computer? I love Soviet arts, and would love to use the posters as a screensaver.

I've gone through the comments but none of the links or methods posted seem to work anymore.

I came across this site
www.flickandshare.com/
which might work, but needs the set creators permission to share... it would be hugely appreciated. Thanks again :)
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pecanduinformasi says:

Nice Photo. Makes me want to make something. teknologi informasi
Posted 2 months ago. ( permalink )

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