Guarding the World! (1948) Propaganda Poster

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Please note, we also sell a framed version of this poster here on RUS & SOV.

About the Poster

This 1948 Soviet poster is usually called Guarding the World!, but really the original Russian - На страже мира! - has a dual-meaning translation as On Guard of Peace!

No matter, the message is clear. The three soldiers you see in the image, a sailor, a pilot, and an infantryman are watchfully looking into the post-WWII future to be on guard for world peace.

On to the details of this poster. It was created by Viktor Koretsky (Russian: Корецкий В.), an artist who created over 40 posters during WWII as well as, notably, the first Soviet postage stamp dedicated to the war in 1941.

Concerning the artwork itself, you can see how the image is playfully split up between the three Soviet military branches, the army, navy, and air force. Notably, all three soldiers, the flag, and various military machines are all pointed in the same direction - to the west. Given this poster is from 1948, it makes you think, doesn't it?

Also, here's some fun trivia about the sailor. On his cap is the name of his ship, the Red Caucasus cruiser (Russian: Крейсер Красный Кавказ). The Red Caucasus was the last of the ships built in Tsarist Russia that were completed under Soviet rule. During WWII, the cruiser saw action in the Black Sea. It laid mines in Sevastopol, shelled Germans in Odessa and Feodosia, and evacuated 7,500 people from Sevastopol.

Also, in case you're wondering why the pilot is the only soldier to not have any medals, he's wearing a pilot jacket that would hide any he has.

Original Poster

Guarding the World! (1948)

Poster Quality

Museum-quality posters made on thick and durable matte paper. Add a wonderful accent to your room and office with these posters that are sure to brighten any environment.

Please note, all poster sizes are in inches (1 inch = 2.54 cm). 

• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.57 oz/y² (189 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%

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