Russian Propaganda Tourism Posters From the 1920s and 1930s

On August 14, 2013 by Lazer Horse

Russian Tourist Posters - Vintage Ukraine Poster

During the 20s and 30s, the Russian tourist board decided to re-brand itself to Westerners. They attempted to present themselves in a more fashionable and familiar way to other countries. The posters shown here have a wonderful art deco feel and use language and imagery that they hoped would appeal to Europeans and Americans.

An organisation called Intourist was put together by Stalin in 1929 to create and disperse these images, advertising a Russia that never really existed. In 1931, they designed a poster competition to encourage artists to get involved in the project.

Some of the winning artists, like Maria Nesterova-Berzina, Nikolay Zhukov and Aleksandr Zhitomrisky, are featured below. Intourist still functions today and, at one point, was the largest tourist organisation in the world.

Check these lovely things out:

Russian Tourist Posters - Early design Aleksandr Froloff c 1930 Russian Tourist Posters - Intourist poster by Aleksandr Zhitomirsky 1929 Georgian Highway Russian Tourist Posters - Maria Nesterova-Berzina, 1930s

Russian Collection

Russian Tourist Posters - Nikolay Zhukov's Caucasus poster 1936 Russian Tourist Posters - The Crimea by Sergey Sakharov 1935 Russian Tourist Posters - The Leningrad Festival of Music poster by Joseph Šebek, 1934 Russian Tourist Posters - USSR poster by Nikolay Zhukov and Viktor Klimashin 1935

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