A couple of years ago, I ran across something on the internet about Soviet Propaganda postcards that the USSR issued during the Cold War to promote various causes. I was drawn to the colors and the artwork on these cards and instantly started collecting them. Although there are a ton of different types of these postcards, I particularly love the New Year’s/holiday cards, especially the one’s that are promoting the Soviet space program. There’s nothing better than Santa waving to a rocket ship!
I’ve slowly bought them off of eBay and Etsy, here and there over the past couple years, and this year I figured I had enough to put up a little gallery.
The postcards are charming. Many of them are used, and though I have no idea what they say, I can only speculate that they are wishing happiness and warmth (brrrrrr, it’s cold there) for the new year. My oldest ones date back to the 1950s and the newest ones are from the early 1980s.
This one above is my favorite…
Or is it this one??
I put them over our mid-century desk and chair, where I had my Marimekko covered magnet board before. (Full disclosure: The desk is NEVER that clean!) I grabbed a bunch of white frames at Ikea, then used a leveling yard stick, painter’s tape and had Mr. Sparklepants help me tape off the different areas for the frames. Once they were up, I used poster tack to hold them straight. It was easy, but took time. I love the look. Subtle, vintage yet modern, Christmas.