Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

Propaganda posters, like advertisements, are often strikingly beautiful and moving. After all, they are designed to be persuasive. And the 1950s, the height of the Cold War between communism and capitalism, were a heyday for propaganda all over the world. Here are some of the most incredible works of propaganda from the Chinese government during this period.

Judgement day for American Imperialism (Ni Gengye, 1954)

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Shanghai No. 1 Department Store (Chen Fei, 1955)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

For many years, this was the largest department store in Asia, and here was China's only escalator – pictured above.

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While Douglas MacArthur is committing war crimes in Korea, an American airplane bombs a Chinese factory. (Xu Ling, 1950)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

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Our Motherland's airspace is inviolable. (1951)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

(via maopost)

The life of the peasants is good after Land Reform (Jin Meishing, 1951)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

(via chineseposters.net)

Protect our children: Utterly destroy American imperialists' bacterial warfare! (1952)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

(via maopost)

Boosting production and ensuring quality show that you love your Motherland (1953)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

(via maopost)

Do not disturb daddy while he is using his head (Shao Jingyun, 1955)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

(via I am a child)

Consolidate the dictatorship of the proletariat and the international unity of the proletariat! (1956)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

(via maopost)

Insurance for pig-rearing (1958)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

(via IIC)

The future of the rural village in China (1958)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

(via Laboratoire Urbanisme Insurrectionnel)

People from all over the world, unite and protect peace! (1959)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

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An airplane sprays chemicals (Wang Weirong, 1964)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

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Let's go and save our money in the bank for the sake of building a happy life! (1964)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

(via ekoooo)

Permanent revolution for life, read Chairman Mao's book for life. (1966)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

(via voc.cn)

We must liberate Taiwan! (1969)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

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If the enemy sharpens his knife, we shall sharpen ours. (1969)

Gorgeous, Strange and Intense Propaganda Posters from China in the 1950s

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