Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Decor to die for: Propaganda posters!

(We wish we could tell you where to get this, we would buy one for sure!) 

One form of art we really heart are vintage and vintage inspired propaganda prints. 

Extremely graphic and clean, these prints make bold statements that can either make you shiver or bring a smile to your face. 

(We warn you now.. This post is VERY picture heavy) 

Propaganda is communication aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position. As opposed to providing impartial information, propaganda in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience.

Propaganda is generally an appeal to emotion, not intellect.

Some of the same methods are used in advertising and public relations. 

These images are made to appeal to something inside you that you almost can't put into words... They should make you feel something, and in turn you are to believe that feeling is truth. 

During World War 2 every country had their own propaganda campaign going on regarding the war. 
This vintage print shows that gossiping between enlisted men is not a good idea... You never know when Hitler is listening. 

If this WW2 print doesn't scare the hell out of you then we don't know what will. 

You can't get much more straight-up then this... See how influential and frightening these campaigns must have been at that time? Now they just seems like relics from the not-so-distant past. 

But Propaganda is alive and well dear readers... Remember the hope and promise you felt when you first saw this Shepard Fairey Obama Hope poster? 
Just being caught up in that moment in history and all the emotions that were going along with it... Miss Me fell hard and this print now hangs right above her babies Lego table.

Finding actual vintage prints is not as easy as we wish it were. But you can find great reproductions of some of the more famous propaganda prints. 

Maybe one of the most popular pieces of propaganda ever, it can still inspire women to achieve great things.  

But, good luck finding this one showing what went down when Rosie went to lunch! 

This one must have been to convince the men who were stuck at home in the 
factories to be nice to the ladies who were now filling in the empty jobs.

Would you die for this picture of happy little Russian boys with bombers flying overhead? How weird is that?? 

Giant fist crushing little men in this Chinese poster. 
Any one of these prints would look amazing hanging in your home and would be an instant conversation starter.

But maybe none so much as if you had this one hanging in your guest bathroom... 

Imagine having one of the first posters to ever use the peace sign? Well we can dream right? 

We fell very much in heart with this reproduction print of a 1968 french poster. 

Produced anonymously by art students and striking workers, the posters were distributed for free. The bold graphic messages appeared on the barricades, were carried in demonstrations and plastered on walls across France. 

If they were not sold out, you could get yours at the Keep Calm Gallery
But don't be sad... They have a vast selection of prints from 1968. 

The Keep Calm Gallery, also has, of course, the Keep Calm poster that has become so insanely popular in the past few years. 

You can select from a ton of colors, although red is the O.G. 
These posters originated in Europe during WW2 and were hung up in tube stations around London. 

We have to add in this t-shirt from the super sexy Swedish band The Sounds, 

A. It is a play on the popular poster
B. We super heart them
You can get your t-shirt here
I wear mine to sleep, I think that may be a contradiction, but oh well. 

As far as new art in the style or with inspiration from the old propaganda posters, these are some that we adore. 

Such a delicious statement. You can get this at The Keep Calm Gallery
along with these other fabulous prints. 



We also heart these funny prints from John w. Golden
These are what we like to call Mommy propaganda... 
And you know who's Christmas list these will be on this year! Miss Me is always looking for fun ways to lay down the law. 

Like this, So cute for any kitchen! 
Just heard from a friend who said her apt. (that means apartment) was sooo teeny tiny... Well, you can still spice up your kitchen with this cute print! It is teeny tiny too! 
Get yours here

We hope you have gotten some ideas for feathering your nest, we think art should be easy and fun. Lets bring smiles to every face that walks in your door! 

XOXO- Things-We-Heart

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget 'Keep calm and carry rum" at