Glorious Socialism: Chinese Ladies in Propaganda Posters
“QUANTUM SHOT” #719
Maoist China Propaganda Posters, Loaded with Beauty and Optimism
We wrote about Anti-US Posters of North Korea and various political posters from the World War Two – but today we are going to see somewhat less politicized (though still undoubtably propaganda) posters focusing on the smiling woman’s face of socialism, as imagined by Maoist China artists in the 1950s and 1960s:
These ladies, for the most part, look wholesome, well-fed and happy. Kudos to the artists, then, who conveyed this atmosphere the best (even if it was completely illusionary):
…Except when they are intent on making a perfect kill:
A similar poster (actually a Christmas postcard) from Communist 1930s Russia comes to mind:
Behind the smiling faces hides the utmost dedication, incessant training and a glint of iron (as in “iron will”):
She dreams of flight… military flight in the name of the dear ideology leader:
Here are some truly inspiring examples of poster art: the futuristic “Golden Lights of Electricity” (left) and the Ghostbusters-like “Use Pesticides Safely” (right image):
These are not military missiles… these are rockets intended to “work the clouds and sow the rain”! -
“Frontier Cavalry” is pretty sinister, considering the deadly machine gun and intention to eliminate the minorities:
There is even a site where you can insert your own face into any of the wonderfully colorful Chinese propaganda posters – try it here.
Finally, here is more modern poster “High Expectations” (everyone who read the highly controversial article “Confessions of The Tiger Mom” – click here – can relate to that):
See more at the Chinese Posters site.