This is from a collection of extremely rare News Agency "window" posters from the Soviet Union. Posted daily in shop windows of Moscow after the German invasion started in June 1941, TASS posters were intended to rally support for the war, and later the post-war, effort.
Artists of these posters utilized a broad arsenal of visual strategies to both incite and inspire - from vicious satire, to potent slogans, to undiluted horror and hatred, to patriotic historical parallels.
The collection at International Poster Gallery features intricately hand stenciled TASS panels dating from March 1943 to late 1946 as the scales slowly tipped in the Soviets' favor, and beyond the armistice. Due to their rarity and historical value, the group of 45 panels will be sold as a collection.
This panel reads:
Having taken copious blows,
their legs no longer obeying them,
the Fritzes go mad en masse and whirl away faster than the wind.
“Where can we hide from the Russians?
The pressure from them is unbearable.
Soon you and I will hit the border.”
Cannons and tanks pound them from behind.
Who has any good advice for them?
Where should they run?
Or straight to the grave?
Learn more about the TASS panels.