$195 - SOLD
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 reflection of an era of relative growth in economy and optimism the society held, a distinct contrast from the types of images shown merely 10 years later, amidst the Cultural Revolution. Published by Shanghai Educational Department, and used by the elementary school Chinese classroom, created by Liu Den Hui, printed by Xu Sheng Ji printing company. Besides the content and image, this poster has a few interesting elements to it, first, it was printed using traditional / classical format Chinese, before the simplified Chinese became popular, secondly, the printing company was a privately owned company, judging by the name, before the mass take over of the government, and finally, there was a stamp shows that the poster was stored and categorized according to the grade and the content it was used for. 15 copies were made.