Two for Tuesday: Soviet Propaganda
Natalia in Saint Petersburg, Russia was kind enough to send (along with several postcards featuring night views of her city) a couple of replicas of Soviet propaganda posters, scaled down to about 5 x 7 inches (12 x 18 centimeters). The first, from 1929, features a poem entitled “Night Panel” (no, I don’t get it either) and a fine, upstanding young citizen shouting “Stop!” to flappers and other revelers. My Russian is terrible, but I think that the gist of the poem, which starts with a phrase something like “Here is how things should be”, is that the youth should work and have faith in the government instead of in drink and debauchery.
And speaking of work:
This second poster from 1947 reminds the proletariat that, hey, you can work at night, too! Of course, we’ll have to put you on the waiting list for tractor headlights; you should have them in about two years.