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.
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:
The legend of lake Chudskii, feat of old, is brought back to memory today by the liberators of Pskov
The great warriors of previous generations meet their valorous descendants here, amid the char and wreckage, the Germans' crumpled banners in their hour of death...
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.
Learn more about the TASS panels.