$59 - sold
This rare large vintage Cultural Revolution poster is full of strong emotions. On the bottom, in bold black characters, it reads: "People of the world will come together! Down with the American capitalism, and down with the Soviet hegemony". To the left of this large banner, it reads from right to left, top to bottom as follows: "Strong support to Asia, Africa and Latin American people's righteous struggle against America!" To the right of this banner, it reads from top to bottom, right to left the following: "Strong support to Arabic people's righteous struggle against America!"
In smaller prints, inside of the banner, to the right of the man who's holding Mao's Red Book and wearing a blue apron, the first line reads the following: "Get out of Asia, Africa and Latin America, you America capitalists!", the second line reads "Down with the Soviet hegemony", the third line reads "Down with American imperialism", and the last line reads "Unite the people from Asia, Africa and Latin America".
During Cultural Revolution, most factories around the country were shut down, with some taken over by the red guards. This particular poster, according to the small print on the bottom on the banner, was first created and submitted by Shanghai Mao Theory Advocacy Team to the Central Art and Craft School's Jing-Gang-Shang Red Guards army. This banner was further printed and distributed by the Xi-Hua publishing house in Shanghai. The small prints in Chinese further revealed that only 300,000 copies were ever printed, and it was printed in August 1968.
We consulted with people who lived through the Cultural Revolution, and they told us that the government confiscated most of these prints after the Cultural Revolution, largely because the government feared the mishandling of these prints by angry citizens. This poster is among one of the very few lucky survivors.
Size: 33.66" (L) by 16.73" (W)