Artist: C. B. Pаеb
Print: Offset lithography (Print by Ллакат, "The Poster", Moscow)
Dimensions: 22 x 28 in (56 x 71 cm)
Condition: Good condition - there is a light folding marks (will disappear when framed), a "dog ear" fold in the upper right corner along with very light wear on the edges and on the image - please see pictures.
Dissemination: Very rare
A very cool space age poster featuring socialist flags shaped as stars flying around the universe.
My first conclusion when looking at the flags on the poster was that it could be a space cooperation between the Soviet Union and China. Then again the Chinese flag features a features a few more stars. By looking at the flags one more time I came clear that the "star flag" with the yellow star on represents Vietnam.
By translating the cyrillic headliner of the poster it was clear: "(A) joint flight of Soviet cosmonaut and socialist internationalism in action". After researching Vietnamese space history I found out that Phạm Tuân (1947), a retired Vietnam Air Force aviator, became the first Vietnamese citizen and the first non-Russian Asian in space. He did that in 1980 - the same year of the poster - when he flew aboard the Soyuz 37 mission as an Intercosmos Research Cosmonaut and was afterwards awarded the title "Hero of the Soviet Union". Tuân is one of the few foreigners to receive that honor.
This cooperation was known as "Interkosmos" and was an important and symbolic part of the USSR space program. Interkosmos was designed to help the Soviet Union's allies with manned and unmanned space missions.
My conclusion is that this vintage poster was made with a purpose of socialist advertising/propaganda and signals the Interkosmos and international cooperation between socialist states.
Thanks for watching and please let me know if you have any questions.
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