ROSTA - the Russian telegraph agency, occupy an important and pivotal place in the development of the Russian propaganda poster. Between 1917 & 1921, hundreds of posters were printed and displayed in the windows of the ROSTA offices, across the country. As a means of promoting the revolution & the dissemination of important messages, the Bolshevik government utilsed the window space with a series of avant-garde images and text, using basic stencil templates. The stencils themselves were used in one location, then despatched to the next, where further posters were made up and the process repeated.
Important artists, such as Moor & Rodchenko were emplyed to design simple, effective posters , with text being supplied by writers and poets such as Mayakovsky. ROSTA produced some of the most memorable and recognisable images of the post revolution period.
Originals are nigh impossible to find, outside museums and private collections & very few originals survived, due to their temporal nature.Luckily, The Auroa art publishing house in Leningrad produced retrospective prints from time to time, up to the1980's - these are beautiful quality Soviet era posters, usually measuring an nicely displayable 40 x 30 cm.