Bulgarian pro-natalist propaganda poster design (circa 1950s)


Gouache on board

17 x 12 cm

After a Communist takeover in 1945, Bulgaria was a Soviet ally during the Cold War, and maintained good relationships with Russia until the Revolutions of 1989. From 1945 to 1948, the country became entrenched within the Soviet sphere of influence under the control of the Bulgarian Communist Party (BCP) which oversaw a program of Stalinization in the late 1940s and 1950s. Both countries are Slavic nations, and are bound together by a common Orthodox Christian culture.

This poster design, painted in warm pink-purple tones and depicting a Bulgarian soldier holding a toddler aloft, was designed as post-war pro-natalist propaganda (likely from the 1950s). Bulgaria and its Soviet allies had lost a huge number of men during the war, and this design for a poster was intended to encourage Bulgarians to have more children.

Condition: very good.

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