USSR: Homeland of the First Cosmonaut
The Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States of America during the Cold War was a period of symbolic superiority that led to many pioneering technological advances. In 1957, the USSR was the first country to launch an artificial satellite – Sputnik – into outer space and the first dog into space – Laika – on board Sputnik 2.
Four years later, on 12 April 1961, a Russian pilot and cosmonaut – Yuri Gagarin – became the first man in space, completing an orbit of the earth on board the Vostok 1 spacecraft. Gagarin was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and became an international celebrity. A new commemorative day was also established – Cosmonautics Day – celebrated every year in Russia on 12 April (now recognised as the International Day of Human Space Flight by the United Nations). In 1963, Russia launched the first woman into space – Valentina Tereshkova – on board Vostok 6.
The Science Museum in London is currently hosting a unique exhibition – Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age – featuring a collection of spacecraft, memorabilia, stories and posters showing “the dramatic story of how Russia turned the dream of space travel into a reality” (18/9/2015-13/3/2016).
Below are a few of our original vintage Soviet space propaganda and other related posters (click on the images for more information):
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We also have the following original Russian newspapers from 1961 that feature headline news about the first man in space, along with a few more Soviet travel posters that will soon be added to our website (please contact us for more information):
…in addition to this poster, which is listed with a starting bid of £40 on our upcoming Original Vintage Posters auction on Saturday 14 November (click on the image to view the catalogue and register to bid):
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