We have put posters that were produced either BEFORE 1966 or AFTER 1976 here, excluding chubby baby New Year posters here. Some of the really interesting propaganda posters were created before the Cultural Revolution, and there are also a number of great posters produced after 1976, the end of Cultural Revolution. These posters often carry specific messages or represented the changes taken place in China during that period. Personal hygiene, LeiFeng Spirit were among favorite subjects for these posters. We also liked the foreign policy related propaganda posters as they provided the government's official view on the other parts of the world. Since this is a fairly new category, please expect enhancement made in the near future to ensure the accuracy of this category.
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1930 era Shanghai Posters (reproductions)

Cultural Revolution Wood block prints

All other Chinese Propaganda Posters

Chubby Baby New Year Posters

Color Ceramic Figurines & Bronze statues

Porcelain ware & Ceramic Items

Red Books, Mao's Thoughts, Note books, etc

watches, clocks, articles of clothing, vinyl records, etc.

Mao buttons and pins

Stock Number
Name
Image (click to view enlargement)
Descriptions and Background of the Item
C2796
This black and white poster was a pictorial depiction of the Korean War in the 1950s. It shows Mao Ze Dong giving a speech and footages from the front line of the war zone. Also listed is the official number of American soldiers injured, tanks, planes and ships destroyed. This poster was used for the usage of record office. Printed in 1960.
C2779
This color poster shows the chairman of Hua Guo Feng. Hua Guo Feng was the successor to Mao Ze Dong post the Cultural Revolution. Poster was a picture of Hua at the 11th Central Committee Communist Party member meeting. On the left it says “Courtisy of Jiangsu Provincial Revolutionary Committee Intellectual Youth ‘Up to the Mountain, Down to the countryside’ Office, 1979.”
C2762
This health department poster from the 1970s shows a woman nurse holding a bullhorn and giving a speech. A number of deceases and prevention methods are mentioned in the poster, including the regular immunity shots it advises for people to take, and an advisory on flu season and how people should stay healthy during the flu season. Year 1977.
C2761
This 1979 Changsha, the capital city of Hunan, Health Department poster was issued for government and schools to educate the people and children the importance of washing hands, not drinking tap water and killing pests. A cartoon on the bottom showing two kids playing soccer.
C2760
Titled “Could you have done it?” This rare original 1961 poster shows one boy using a water thermos to pour a hot water into his mug and a girl throwing orange peel into a waste basket. The title also had Ping yin system under which was developed post the establishment of the PRC. This rare school poster shows the relative calm educational environment and focus on children morale and manner education before the start of Cultural Revolution. The young children were fashionably attired, a reflect ...click for details

C2739
This early reform poster shows a Chinese ethnic minority woman singing the song and praising the Chinese communist party, in the background is Lei Feng, the national hero. The minority woman singer is a symbol of national unity. Created by Xie Shen. Guang Xi People’s Publishing House. Nov 1981. 30” x 20”.

C2730
Titled “Be Polite”, this early reform Chinese pupils educational poster shows a young boy who’s a young pioneer saluting his teacher, who is pushing a bicycle, and on the bar of the bicycle is a plastic bag that has the sign of “class preparation material.” Loving your teachers was a campaign conducted during the early 80s, when education was again an important initiative for the society. Created by Gai Ming Sheng. People’s Fine Art Publishing House, April 1981. Print run 40,000. 30” x 20”

C2725
This poster shows the celebration of the future, with dance performed by Chinese ethnic minorities. A reflection of the changing political atmosphere and the booming economical development led by Deng Xing Ping, this era was portrayed by images of national unity. June 1984. 30” x 20”.

C2717
Titled “Learn from Lei Feng’s good examples”, this Chinese early reform 1978 poster shows the young students’ enthusiasm for learning from this selfless country appointed national hero by walking with him. In 1978, poster the Cultural Revolution but before the momentum of early reform had picked up, the nation went through a period of hero worshipping, specially, Lei Feng, who was nominated as a national hero by Mao Ze Dong was studied by students of all ages. This poster which was sold to the students in the Xinhua bookstore, was intended to be used a way of educating children to be selfless and set good examples for others. Created by Li Mu Bai, June 1978, Tianjin People’s Fine Art Publishing. 30” x 20”.
C2715
This Lei Feng Poster show Lei Feng washing an army vehicle. The bottom gave the biography of the Communist government’s version of Lei Feng, which consists of Lei Feng was born into a poor family and how the communist government had saved him and made him into a selfless soldier who died by saving others. Lei Feng phenomenon was a national effort that took the nation by a storm from the mid 70s to 80s. This poster was created by Qin Da Hu and Le Qin Jin in 1985 as a school classroom decoration poster. Shanghai educational publishing. 30” x 20”

C2714
Titled “Learn from Lei Feng, Set up good examples”, this Chinese early reform 1981 poster shows the young students’ enthusiasm for learning from this selfless country appointed national hero. Early Reform period, which is loosely between 1978 and 1988 is a period in China where Deng Xiao Ping had taken over the government and had initiated Market Economy in order to build a modern Chinese socialist society. Its basic goal is to achieve the Four Modernism and to cultivate a new orderly socialist society by having the people, especially young people, to have the selfish spirit and always put others before oneself. March 1982. Tianjin People’s Art Publishing. 30” x 20”. 30” x 20”.
C2713
Dong Cun Rui, a national hero set up by the Chinese Communist Government for saving his Chinese volunteer army unit by blowing himself up during the Korean War, he was regarded as a selfless hero to be studied by Chinese students of all ages. This poster was titled as “Heroic Figure”, and was used as school educational poster and printed in 1982. Created by Yu Mu. Shanghai educational department. 30” x 20”.

C2712
This early reform poster from likely late 70s or early 80s is titled “Follow Dong Dan Railroad Transportation department, the officers are setting examples by taking charge.” Poster shows the officials of the Communist Party doing the work they need to do to ensure an orderly and properly managed market. Distributed by China Railroad union, Central Railroad Transportation repartment, Shanyang railroad union, and Shangyang railroad transportation department. Created by Chen Jin Hui and Hong Yi Ming. Poster shows the signs of the early reform movement by refocusing back to productivity and the early signs of market economy, led by Deng Xiao Ping, as the railroad serves as an important transportation method for merchandise distribution in China. 30” x 20”.\
C2700
This poster, which was printed post 1976 and Mao's death made a detrimental mistake, it had mismatched the headlines with the content of the poster. It seems that the date and the headline had come from another poster from 1967. Titled "Celebration of the National Congress and People's Representative Meeting," and alleged published in 1967 by Shanghai Fine Art publishing house, this poster as is poses a problem. The 9th Congress meeting was conducted in the 60s, which matches the print date and the slogan, yet, this poster had the small slogan imprinted on the picture itself that indicated that Mao had already passed away and that the party was now led by Hua Guo Feng, Mao's designated successor, which would be an indication that poster was actually printed in late 1970s, after Mao's death. One explanation could be that same image was used in the 60s and then in 70s it was recycled, with the small imprints indicating the passing of Mao and the successor of Hua following Mao’s directions inside the image, but somehow the old headline that came with the 1960s poster got passed along as well unintentionally. Regardless it is curious to us as to whether it was ever distributed and if so how many were distributed? Anyone with any common history sense would immediate note the problem therein. Nonetheless the image of the poster was quite interesting and we are listing the poster here as an intriguing example of a misprint. 30" x 20".
C2675 Chinese political poster – “5 principles" The five principles were disciplines and rules that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army had established to regulate the army soldiers. Mao saw the PLA as the defense for the Chinese Communist party and served the party without questioning the party’s directions. The five principles ensured that all soldiers must follow the rules. Printed in 1957. 30” x 21”.
C2672 Cultural Revolution poster – “Listen to Chairman Mao’s Titled “Read Chairman Mao’s book, listen to Chairman Mao’s words, Follow Chairman Mao’s direction to do things, and Be Chairman Mao’s good student,” this poster shows Mao Ze Dong in the background, with the People’s Liberation Army soldier, the peasant and the worker, as representations of the great proletarian class citizens. The PLA soldier is seen holding a “Selected works of Mao Ze Dong.” Created by Qi De Dan, published by Jiang xi people’s publishing house, 4th edition, December 1964. print ...click for details
C2668
Elementary education poster – Visiting Mao’s hometown
This elementary school education poster was for the Chinese class classroom hanging poster. It depicts children visiting Mao’s old hometown. Edited by People’s Publishing house and published by Educational Pictorial Publishing house, this poster was one of the 14 posters that make it into one series. Published in July 1956, it was printed on imported Dao Lin paper. Print run is 60,000. 3.20 yuan for the set.
C2637
Titled "Soviet Union is our best friend", this rare set of 6 independent posters feature a variety of black and white photos of Soviet's participation in building a Communist China, many are photos that were banned after Soviet-China split in the 1950s. The poster also featured a photo of Soviet establishing dimplatic relations with China in 1949. Detailed descriptions of Soviet's help in building a new china was written in the traditional Chinese character format. An Shan stee ...click for details
C2336
Perhaps the rarest and oldest poster we could get our hands on, this poster is titled "American Invaders will be Defeated!", this posters depicts two People's Liberation Army soldiers, each holding a book, on the left book, the page says "Soviet Army Defeated 1,200,000 German Nazi, Italian, Japanese and other countries' soldiers during World War Two. On the right book, the page says "Chinese People's Liberation Army defeated 8 million soldiers from American Imperi ...click for details
C2612
Part of Chinese "socialist morale" propaganda campaign in the late 70's and early 80's, this poster depicts a young child, often referred by Chinese as "little precious", standing among the crowd, with sad looking expression on her face. On the bottom of the poster, it writes the story of a four-year-old girl who got lost in a department store and people around her are helping to find her mother. 30" x 21".
C2611
Chinese school educational poster on "socialist morale." Featuring a young female student helping an elderly. Titled "Helping Old Grandma," this poster describes a detailed story of an visiting elderly from the countryside being helped by a Young Pioneer student. Poster of this type of content was meant for the political / morale study classes taught in the Communist China. 30" x 21".

C2597
Giving seat (basic training) elementary school classroom material. This poster was intended to be used to educate children's morale and adopt the Lei Feng spirit of sacrificing oneself for the others. Created by Ha Jing Wen and published by Shanghai Education Department. 30” x 21”
C2596B
Titled “Disease comes from the mouth”, this poster is a health education poster intended to reform food preparation practices. Jing Xi province Shang Yao area medical center. 30 x 21.

C2596
Our big sister Deng”. Movie poster in memory of Zhou En Lai’s wife, Deng Ying Chao. China News Documentary Production Company. 30” x 21” .
C2592
The story of Journey to the West is loosely based on the story of Xuan Zang, a scholar who traveled from Chang’an (where current Xi’An city resides) around the world. According to the poster, he traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma, and India. While in India, he traveled from north to south to teach. He was viewed as a diplomat for China during Tang dynasty and received respect and welcome everywhere he went. This poster was likely a school educational poster in the 80s.
C2591
During the late 70s and 80s, personal hygiene and independence education was reintroduced to young children as a way of cleaning up the country. In this cute poster, it portrays a little girl washing her own handkerchief. The character says “We wash our own Little handkerchief.” 23” x 16”.

C2438
Titled “Our Mother Country is so Beautiful and Strong”, this poster was made for the Elementary school classroom decorations. Created by Shi Qi Ren, this poster was published by Shanghai Education department and features children from different countries and continents (Japanese, African, European, and Chinese) and symbolizes friends of China. Size: 30” by 21”.
C2420
Titled "Our Flag is Communism", this poster features different classes of citizens such as the intellectuals and party members. Created to celebrate the 12th Chinese Communist Party Representative Meeting, this poster was created by Qiu Bai Ping, published by People's Art Publishing House, printed by Beijing Rubber Printing Company, and distributed by Xinhua Beijing bookstore in August 1982 as a first edition. The price of it was 16 cents. Size: 30" by 21".
C2349


This poster depicts a young child eating a bowl of rice and is used to educate young children to take care of their teeth. On the lower side of the poster, the Chinese writing says the following: " Eating more vegetable and brown rice will make the teeth strong and healthy, don't pick food, and teeth will be white and clean and healthy". Size: 15" by 10". This poster was used in Bejing Health Department.
C2348
This Chinese kid poster was used in Bejing Health Department to educate kids to take care of the teeth. Created by Zhen Yong Xi and Yiang Qing Ling, the poster said that the following: "Little teeth have a lot of usage, speaking and eating all dependent on them, so make a good habit starting when you are young, pay attention to your hygiene and protect your health". Size: 15" by 10".
C2347
This propaganda poster features Mao visiting the kitchen, and is in memory of Mao's visit to the Chinese Marin Ship from Feb 19 to 24 in 1953. Size: 15" by 13".

C2182


Chinese Elementary School Propaganda Poster

Titled "Morning Study", this Chinese school children poster features a young girl studying - of all things, an English text book. A rare non political Chinese school kids poster from the late 70s, this type of posters usually hang in Chinese classrooms. Her attire is of typical Chinese kids in the late 70s and early 80's.

C2181


Chinese School Classroom Education Poster

Titled "Morning Study", this Chinese school children poster features a young girl studying - of all things, an English text book. A rare non political Chinese school kids poster from the late 70s, this type of posters usually hang in Chinese classrooms. Her attire is of typical Chinese kids in the late 70s and early 80's.

C2180


Chinese School Propaganda Poster

Titled "Ping Yin, Read and Write, six, seven, eight, nine and ten", (Pin Yin is a system developed by Chinese central government after 1949 on how to learn to pronounce Chinese and is a system used only in Mainland China), this very adorable poster features a group of elementary school kids learning how to pronounce Chinese using Pin Yin system, as well as counting, A rare non political Chinese school kids poster from the late 70s, this type of posters usually hang in Chinese classrooms.

C2174

Chinese Chubby Kid Poster

This Chinese propaganda poster features a chubby healthy Chinese kid playing a toy and putting pieces together. Titled "Step by Step", this non political themed poster was a reflection of changes in Chinese political atmosphere shortly after Chinese Cultural Revolution. Post Cultural Revolution, school education system was re-established, and kids are returning to school. There was an re-emphasis in school education and one child policy. The chubby kid image was one that advocated by the Chinese ...click for details

C2174B


Chinese School Propaganda Poster

This Chinese school propaganda poster is titled "Love your flowers and trees". An environmental conscious message sent to the school kids, this poster was developed post the Cultural Revolution in an effort to reestablish the rights and wrongs. During the Cultural Revolution, many forests and trees were destroyed in the name of Revolution. Post the Cultural Revolution, system education system was re-established and kids were taught to not to destroy things, rather love and protect the nature. Th ...click for details

C2582
Few foreigners were made into samples of study by the Chinese government. Newton is a fine exception. This poster which was approved and examined by The PLA Country’s Educational Department in charge of elementary and junior high school, was used as a school educational material to encourage students to study science. Created by Xie Jun, edited by Guang Dong Science Pictorial Editorial Department and published by Guang Dong science educational department. ISBN number was assigned to this poster.
C2581
This Chinese elementary school poster is titled “Ask and Answer questions from the picture”, which shows two school age children pointing at different objects. Besides articles of clothing, it shows the Xihua Chinese dictionary, Idiom dictionary, and exercise booklet. This is a junior high school English class poster. Created by Wu Yunchu, Shanghai Educational Publishing House. 30” x 21”.
C2497
Titled “Babies like Fish”, this poster depicts two young children next to a little gold fish tank. Created by Zuo Bin, published by People’s Publishing house, printed by Beijing printing company, and distributed by Beijing Xinhua bookstore, this poster was printed in July 1983. Price of it is 16 cents. Size: 30” by 21”.
C2496
Titled “Flowers blossoming everywhere in the mother country”, this poster depicts a young child holding a pot of blooming flower. Created by Wu Ze Jun, published by People’s Publishing house, printed by Beijing printing company, and distributed by Beijing Xinhua bookstore, this poster was printed in July 1983. Price of it is 16 cents. Size: 30” by 21”.
C2495
Titled “A Happy Summer Day”, this poster depicts two young children going for a swim. Created by Yang Zhong Gao, published by People’s Publishing house, printed by Tianjin People’s printing company, and distributed by Beijing Xinhua bookstore, this poster was printed in June 1981. As evidenced by the stamp, this poster was used as a sample for the photography department. Size: 30” by 21”.
C2494
Titled “I love flowers”, this poster depicts a boy tending his plants. Created by Liu Guang Can, published by Sichuan Publishing house, distributed by Sichuan Xinhua bookstore, and printed by Sichuan Xinhua Color Printing Company, this poster was printed in May 1982. Total of 210,000 copies were ever made. The price of t he poster was 16 cents at the time. Size: 30” by 21”.
C2493
Titled “Morning of a Holiday”, this poster depicts two young children playing with dolls and enjoying a day off from school. Created by Liu Guang Can, published by Sichuan Publishing house, distributed by Sichuan Xinhua bookstore, and printed by Sichuan Xinhua Color Printing Company, this poster was printed in May 1982. Total of 210,000 copies were ever made. The price of t he poster was 16 cents at the time. Size: 30” by 21”.
C2492
Titled “Helping Grandma Putting Thread into the Needle”, this poster depicts a young girl helping her grandma, a scene that expressed the traditional value of Chinese society where the young will care for the older generation. Created by Jing Yan Long, published by People’s publishing house, this poster was printed in July 1987. Size: 30” by 21”.
C2491B
Titled “Summer”, this poster depicts a chubby young boy playing with gold fish and butterfly. Created by Zhao Yen Cheng, published by Shaanxi People’s publishing house, this poster was printed in July 1984. Size: 30” by 21”.
C2437
Titled “Happy Childhood”, this poster features kids reading a magazine called “Little Friend”. This type of posters targets young children as an audience and are intended to portray what the healthy children should behave and look like. Size: 30” by 21”. Created by Yu Xing Chen, published by People’s Fine Art Publishing House, printed by Beijing Zhi Jiao Printing company, and distributed by Beijing Xinhua bookstore, this poster was printed in July 1982, total of 55,000 posters were ever printed. ...click for details
C2220

Propoganda Poster - Great Leader Marx and Engels

This poster depicts Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels. Engels was the finest scholar and teacher of the modern proletariat in the whole civilised world. From the time that fate brought Karl Marx and Frederick Engels together, the two friends devoted their life's work to a common cause. And so to understand what Frederick Engels has done for the proletariat, one must have a clear idea of the significance of Marx's teaching and work for the development of the contemporary working-class movement. Marx and Engels were the first to show ...click for details
C2104

Palestine "Eyes Only for the Homeland"

A foreign import, this propaganda poster has its own special historical place. Palestine, prior to establishing an embassy in China in 1994-1995, its diplomatic department was called "P.L.O. Business Department". This poster, distributed by P.L.O Mission located in Beijing, depicts two Palestinians with such tag line of "Palestine Eyes Only for the Home Land". The paper this poster printed on is extra thick and this poster is good condition. Size: 30" L by 21" W.
C2105

Victory for Palestinians - Propaganda Poster

A foreign import, this propaganda poster has its own special historical place. Palestine, prior to establishing an embassy in China in 1994-1995, its diplomatic department was called "P.L.O. Business Department". This poster, distributed by P.L.O Mission located in Beijing, is titled " Victory for the Palestinians" The paper this poster printed on is extra thick and this poster is great condition. Size: 30" L by 21" W.
C2223

Chinese Propaganda poster - Saddam Hussein

Chinese political propoganda poster. Size: 20.5*15". An image of Saddam Hussein, likely came from the formal Iraqi embassy based in Beijing, China.
C2222

Political Propaganda Poster Saddam Hussein

We found this black and white poster that featured Saddam Hussein in China, while searching for Chinese political propaganda posters. Not sure who the person next to Saddam Hussein is, might be the founder of the Baath Party in Syria, Hafez Al-Assad, or maybe Gamel Abder Nasser, the modern leader of Egypt after WWII. It also might be Hussein's predecessor in Iraq. But it doesn't really look like any of those guys as far as we have been able to tell. We'd be appreciated if someone wh ...click for details
C2096

"To become Red Cross Kids"

This poster, titled" Welcome you to become a Red Cross Youth" is distributed by Beijing Red Cross Division. On the lower right side, the poster prominently states the following: "Welcome You - To become a Red Cross Youth". Size: 30" L by 21" W.
C2086

"Write a Play" - Chinese Propaganda Poster

Titled "write a play," this Chinese poster was used as an educational material, shortly after Cultural Revolution, school system was reestablished, and non political materials were written in an attempt to re-create the educational environment and setting up grade system. However, since so many older materials could be qualified as "politically motivated" messages, the actual material that were used tend to be on the naive and light level. Click for details.. Size: 30.25 by 20.75
C2085

Poster - "Our Wishes" - Teacher's Holiday

Shortly after Cultural Revolution, Chinese educational system was on a revival. One of the new holidays established was Teacher's Holiday. This poster portraits children holding gifts they've made or prices they've won and point to the calendar where Teacher's Holiday date. Titled "Our Wish," this poster was meant to be an educational material to have elementary school students click for details... Size: 30.25" by 20.75".
C2082

Propaganda poster - "Caring" with ZhouEnLai

"Caring" Poster is a poster used by Shanghai Education Department, for the 6th grade elementary school students political education class. In this picture, Zhouenlai, an important political figure during Cultural Revolution was portrayed as a caring father figure for the children of China. A close friend of Mao, Zhou stayed in power throughout Cultural Revolution by supporting Mao's decisions, many involved secret executions to those who were considered Mao's threat. Click for details...
C2081

Chinese Propaganda Poster - One Child Policy

This Chinese Political Propaganda poster is used to appraise families who adhere to "One Child Policy." As evident by the writing on the poster, it indicated that this poster was developed in 1980 by HeBei Province Family Planning Office, and it was used as a gift to praise Single Child Families. Chinese One Child Policy, officially started in 1978, stirs much controversy still to this date. Size: 29.5" L by 13.5" W.


 
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