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33 Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Space Age

The Soviet propaganda machine was running strong in the early to mid 20th century, and when it came to their highly successful space program, the artists creating the omnipresent posters had truly hit gold.

On 4 October 1957, the country launched humanities first earth satellite, Sputnik, and stunned people the world over as they watched it fly overhead in the night sky (this is the October referred to in many of the posters below). Their program launched the first animals into space, and in 1961 sent Yuri Gagarin on his historic single orbit as the very first human (“Восто́к” in Russian can be seen in many of these posters honoring his Vostok spacecraft). They launched the first woman into space in 1963, beating America by almost exactly 20 years. And those are just a few of their ‘firsts.’

“From study models – To cosmic vessels!”

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Regardless of where you’re from, it’s hard not to feel a sense of pride just looking at these striking designs. Maybe that’s partially because they were created in the romantic communist style of heroic realism. We’d bet a big part of it was because the artists creating these truly felt proud for the incredible contributions of their country.

Here you’ll find 32 inspiring examples of Soviet space propaganda with rough translations from Redditor Lymos. The poster at the top says “In the name of communism” (but my local Russian deli has the same poster, and it says “I caught a fish THIS BIG!”).

“With the name of Lenin”

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“Let’s conquer space”

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“Glory to the workers of soviet science and tech”

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“In the name of peace”

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“Be proud, soviet person, you opened the path to stars from Earth”

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“We are the ones that shall discover distant worlds”

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“To stars, to the Sun!”

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“Through worlds and centuries”

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“The path for humans is open” (with famous dogs that went to space)

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“In space – soviet road!”

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“Soviet – means excellent”

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“To space!”

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“Happy new year, guys!”

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“Homeland! The star to progress and peace you firstly lit above Earth! Glory to science, glory to work! Glory to soviet build!”

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“Ordinary people are responsible for such great achievements in space.”

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“Glory to the conquerors of Space!”

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“Glory to the homeland of heroes!”

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“CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union) – Glory!”

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“Glory to soviet people and pioneers of Space!”

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Inscription on rocket: “Earth-Venus”; Text: “In the name of peace and progress!”

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“Twentieth century rockets are racing to stars. To the land of achievements the trains are going”

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“I rejoice – it’s my hard work that flows into the work of the republic”

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“Reporting: Mission complete!”

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“Happy new year! For peace, for new successes!”

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“Happy new year. Peace and friendship!”

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“Let there be peace!”

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“Navigation to space is opened!”

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“October opened the path to space!”

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“Our triumph in space – anthem to soviet country!”

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“Socialism, our starting point”

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“Sons of October – pioneers of the universe!”

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