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Saturday, June 19, 2004

Marching forward for the glorious revolution

Laura and I were in the city today, wandering around SoHo (after she finished her dance lesson and I finished some genealogical research at the National Archives). On Prince Street, we came across a young Russian gentleman with a table set up and a bunch of old Soviet-era constructivist posters. I absolutely love these old propaganda posters. So I bought a couple for $10 each.

You can see the two that I bought on the site of the ETS publishing house in Russia. They sell the same posters for about $20 each via PayPal. The two that caught my eye today were a poster about security, Don't Caper!, and one with a more domestic focus, Say goodbye to kitchen slavery! Let the new life begin! I was also very tempted by the famous poster Face out a plan of great works! from 1930, but I don't think he had a paper copy of that, just t-shirts and canvas bags. ETS has over sixty posters for sale on their web site.

Posted at 11:48 PM

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