Original Komsomol Poster - Civil Defence

Original Komsomol Poster - Civil Defence


An original Soviet-era poster, entitled 'Ready for Civilian's Defense of the USSR.'

During the Soviet period, school children were expected to be members of Komsomol, the informal title given to the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League. They would attend special classes dedicated to the civil defence of the USSR, where they would learn first aid and practise  emergency procedures to be enacted in the case of a Western attack.

This poster is from a series dedicated to the activities of Komsomol. It depicts children seeking shelter in an underground bunker, and illustrates the different masks worn in the case of a chemical attack.

The poster has a large area of discolouration to the left hand side, as well as some small folds and some damage to the edges consistent with age and use. 

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