You know how some people collect baseball cards or autographs? Well, we collect propaganda posters. About 12 years ago I was thinking it would be kind of cool to get some classic posters to have framed and to hang them in our house. I have seen other homes where people had hung framed classic movie and ski posters, and it looked really neat. But those kinds of posters are really expensive, unless you buy a reproduction. But I was really wanting something authentic. After thinking about what kind of posters to get, I had the idea that propaganda posters would be pretty cool. Looking around on eBay I found a lot of original posters from various conflicts starting at around $10 each. When I told Kerri what I wanted to do, she thought I was a little nuts. But after purchasing a couple of Cold War Russian propaganda posters and having them framed Kerri got into the spirit of things and started looking around for more posters. We were hooked!
In the last 12 years, the prices on these posters have really gone up and they are becoming harder to find. I just wish I would have bought every one of those posters I saw at $10 each on ebay when we first started collecting. Hindsight is 20/20, eh?
As we pack up our belongings in preparation of our round-the-world adventure we finally got to the point where we had to pack up our beloved propaganda posters. It might be harder trying to sell our house when we have pictures of controversial and political subjects hanging on our walls. But before wrapping them up in protective paper we took photos of each one so we can share them with all of you. Click to enlarge.
World War II Posters
Russian Cold War Posters
My friend took a look at the posters and she says the following about one of them: the one of Uncle Sam with olive branch is roughly: something about charity, then “Uncle Sam is disguised as a peacemaker, but the trick is familiar to everyone: he speaks at leisure about peace but in the meantime sends weapons for the bullies”
Fab posters – a great collection. We’re planning Northern Ireland too, have never been 🙂