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:
We will fulfill the new Stalinist Five-Year Plan!
The volume of sea-borne cargo in 1950 shall exceed the pre-war figure by a factor of 2.2.
We will increase the merchant fleet by 500,000 tons, 400,000 of which will be cargo ships, 90,000 of which will be barges.
The expanse of the sea is clean and bright,
and flags flutter above the waves.
We are restoring lines of communication severed by the war.
Soviet ships sail all the seas and oceans,
connecting countries with trade, and cities with people and cargo.
Our ships and their cargoes will visit all the sea harbors of the world during these five years.
Learn more about the TASS panels.