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:
Accelerating their attack, our forces have made it all the way to the border of the USSR, to the river Prut!
The leaflet says” ORDER: Hold at all costs! -Hitler
The text at the bottom is a passage from some work of Demian Bednyi. It is not entirely legible. I could bear down on it if you want, just let me know. Basically, it is yet another vindictively worded description of the Germans getting smashed, winding up with “Everyone knows that we're beating the Germans all over. And the day is not far off when our troops will rip out all the teeth from their black fascist mouths, not even leaving any spittle.”
Learn more about the TASS panels.