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  • Ballet Soldier

    This poster is an interesting example of how women were sometimes portrayed as helping the war efforts in China. Yes, she is a ballet soldier. The Chinese text reads, from left to right and top...

    $ 30.00

  • Down With Japan And Germany

    This poster shows the soldiers holding up books that discuss how China will overcome and defeat the German Nazis and the Japanese on the left and the Kuomintang on the right (you can see their...

    $ 30.00

  • Five Communists

    This poster shows 5 of the most important men to Communist ideology, kind of a “Red Mount Rushmore”. From left to right: Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. The Chinese text reads: “Never lose a...

    $ 30.00

  • Tractor Girl

    Like “Ballet Soldier”, this poster shows another way in which women helped the Communists. Mao is clearly shining on her efforts, and even her tractor is red! The slogan here is a bit tough, as...

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  • Mao Riding

    Mao rides, and others follow. Translation: “1947- Mao moves his base to Shanbei (northern Shanxi Province)”. Fun fact: horses were domesticated over 5000 years ago in China, and the Chinese are credited with inventing the...

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  • Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em

    Mao Zedong (and Communists in general) rode to power on the backs of the peasants. It is no surprise that many of the propaganda posters of the Cultural Revolution go to great lengths to encourage...

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  • Shining Path of Mao

    Despite Mao’s nonchalant smile, this poster is actually a fairly violent threat. Note the last two characters in dark black, adding emphasis to the phrase: “Those who oppose Mao will have their heads crushed like...

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  • Speech at Yenan

    Mao wasn’t exactly a famed orator- but he did make a few famous speeches, including one at Yenan (the “Yenan Talks”) that helped solidify his power. Translation: “Chairman Mao Gives a Speech to the Cadres...

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  • Giant Sunny Mao

    Smiling crowds holding red books while a giant Mao smiles above them- this poster is a classic example of Chinese revolutionary iconography. The sun shines behind “The Great Leader”, and the farmers on the left...

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  • Red Drum

    It’s a party! A rare example of propaganda that has the simple message: “Be Happy”. Or pretty close, the actual translation is: “Communes are good”. We don’t think they’re talking about the sort of hippie...

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  • Liberate Taiwan

    Sure, the artist was a bit lazy, and if you don’t look too closely the faces are remarkably similar. And we are a little worried that the middle guy is holding a missile. But the...

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  • Armed Forces of 8/1

    In this poster, we see three classic propaganda motifs in one! The armed forces, with all three major branches represented: army, navy, and air force. The red flag, with the characters for 8/1, or “ba...

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  • Power from the Barrel of a Gun

    This poster was not the source of the famous quote attributed to Mao- but it is a classic example of how it was put to use. The translation is best known as: “Power grows out...

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  • Red Horse, Black Horse

    Less propaganda, more art- this example is probably not from the era, but kind of an illustrated history. The Chinese reads: “Northwest Plateau- Banners Still Wave”. Note the lack of banners- two guesses who the...

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  • Red from the Mountains to the Rivers

    Another subtle example of the “giant Mao” effect! The balloons and banners, red books and happy faces support the message: “From the Mountains to the Rivers All is Red”. Nobody did propaganda like the Chinese....

    $ 30.00

  • Party People

    Mao Zedong watches with a group of PLC leaders as a parade passes. The text is pretty normal for slogans of the era: “Chairman Mao oversees the parade of the Cultural Revolution for the 5th...

    $ 30.00