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Posters from Russia and the USSR: AntikBar Auction 28 May

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AuctionBanner1AntikBar‘s next online auction will feature a selection of propaganda and advertising posters from Tzarist Russia and the USSR. The majority of the posters in this auction are propaganda posters issued in the Soviet Union, some under Joseph Stalin. There are several examples of rare WWI bond posters as well as rare WWII posters. Artists include V. Deni, V. Koretsky, D. Moor, Apsit and others. Advertising is represented by Constructivist designs from the NEP (New Economic Policy) era as well as 1950s advertising posters.

AuctionBanner2The auction will take place on Saturday 28 May, starting at 5pm UK time. A preview will be available at our gallery from 11am-7pm on Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 May and from 11am-4pm on Saturday 28 May.

This auction is also available in Russian. Вы также можете ознакомиться с деталями аукциона, описанием лотов и разместить ставки на платформе BidSpirit по этой ссылке:

Scroll down for our ‘Lot of the Day’ features in the lead up to the auction, which will also be posted on our Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and News & Events pages.

Please click here to view our catalogue and register to bid on LiveAuctioneers and contact us if you would like any further information.


Visit our website at www.antikbar.co.uk for more information and to browse all our original vintage posters from around the world – cinema, travel, advertising, sport, war, propaganda. For more updates, follow us on:

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AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association (IVPDA), the London Art Deco Society (LADS) and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).


AntikBar Online Auction Lot of the Day:
(click on the images for more information)

Victory   Skating1948


WorkersScience  LeninStalin.jpg




Heroes   Basketball

NewVillage  EquestrianSport

KremlinPeace   WW1


RedArmy  WarLoan



Travel Back in Time: Come Fly With Me

PA0495_1_m  The romantic notion and thrill of travelling by plane may be over for most of us but the allure is captured in many of the old advertising posters. This “then and now” look at air travel compares the messages and styles of some of our original vintage airline posters with some from the same companies today to show how print-based advertising has changed over the years.

American-6  “The legend is back” – to evoke a feeling of nostalgia, American Airlines recently launched an advertising campaign using well-known celebrities from the 1950s and today:


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…compared with these posters advertising travel to Paris (1950s) and Australia (1970s) by American Airlines:

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The messages are clear – this trend of combining a look to the past as well as future hope can been seen in United’s return to its “fly the friendly skies” slogan, Aeroflot’s upgrade to glamour through its ranking as “Europe’s most elegant cabin crew” in 2013 and LOT’s recent campaign as “the most modern airline in Europe”:


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…from this amusing cartoon style ad, “if only I flew by LOT” (1958), to this striking image and bold statement:

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Meanwhile, SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) and KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) have shifted up a couple of technological notches from more traditional art and photography during the 1950s and 1960s to embrace today’s digital age:

SAStravel-point-and-fly-600-98836 (2012)

SASairline-company-wider-seats-small-94507 (2002)

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KLMair-france-klm-advert-large  (2011)

KLMad100full  (2002)

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“The Gay Gateway” – active both on social media and as a supporter of the LGBT community, KLM created an online game in 2014 that offered players a chance to win two economy comfort flights. In 2010 their play-to-win campaign offered flights to “the world’s proudest festivals” as part of its sponsorship of Sweden’s Stockholm Gay Life Award. Turn back the clock half a century to perhaps a different meaning and we have an SAS stewardess serving customers Copenhagen, Europe’s Gay Gateway, on a dish:



Major events have also been used to entice people to show their support of their country by flying with their national carrier. The recent Summer Olympics in London (2012) and Winter Olympics in Sochi (2014) brought us some creative advertising posters from companies such as KLM and Austrian Airlines that contrast, for example, with this more traditional mid-century artistic depiction of Paris:

AustrianAnna Netrebko Austrian Airlines

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Sign of the times – you may be wondering by now why we’ve chosen only a small selection of airlines when we’ve got some great BOAC, Swissair, TWA etc. posters listed on our website. This is because we’ve remained focused on airlines that are still in existence today for a more direct comparison. However, we feel we can make an exception for Dobrolet, a Russian airline founded in 1923 that was consolidated with other Soviet aviation organisations to become Aeroflot in 1932. Earlier this year, the company was relaunched as Aeroflot’s low-cost carrier but a notice on their website currently states that their flights are currently suspended due to recent EU sanctions:




Please visit our website at www.antikbar.co.uk to browse all our original vintage posters from around the world. For more updates, news and slideshows, follow us on:

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AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association (IVPDA), the London Art Deco Society (LADS) and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).












AntikBar in the news this week:

AntikBar‘s original vintage posters have been featured in the news twice this week, by the Financial Times and by Shropshire Woman:

PT0429_1_m   “Head-turning images, from Alpine slopes to Soviet-era Russia” – AntikBar featured by the Financial Times, How to Spend It, on their E-cquisitions page (Ming Liu, 22/5/2014):

Browse online poster gallery AntikBar, and the abundance of Soviet-era posters immediately grabs the attention. “They’re mainly from the 1920s and 1930s and from my personal collection,” says founder Kirill Kalinin, the economist-turned-dealer who launched AntikBar in 2011.

These Russian works account for 20 per cent of the more than 1,500 posters available on the site – the remainder take in a vast array of countries, styles and categories. Although the site specialises in posters, books and magazines, maps and prints are also for sale. A navigation bar allows users to search by date – the oldest item is a map of the Moscow Kremlin from 1686 and the most recent are from 2010. However, the bulk of the stock, says Kalinin, is from the 1930s to 1950s.

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Categories include cinema, automobiles, war and sport, with the most popular being travel (which includes a 1970s drawing of the Alps by Salvador Dalí, £150, and a 1950s picture of Helsinki, £525) and advertising (a poster for the OBM furniture store in Rouen is £950, while a 1950s pin-up-style Philips Autoradio ad by French artist R Jeleng is £575).

Skiing posters in particular are highly sought after, says Kalinin, adding: “They are hard to come by and prices are going up year on year.” In the end, however, it’s about how a piece speaks to a buyer. “These works offer a strong emotional connection,” he says. “One gentleman bought an American Graffiti poster, as it was the first film he saw in a cinema with his father.”

AntikBar’s works are guaranteed originals – the site is a member of the US-based International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association, as well as the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (LAPADA), which has a strict code of practice and will intervene in the case of a dispute. In addition to offering advice for collectors and a search-on-demand service, AntikBar can help buyers find something specific, as Kalinin recently did for a client looking for South African posters. The site also works with a California-based restoration company to address colour loss, tears and stains.

“These posters mainly date back to a time pre-TV,” says Kalinin. “They were a way to reach a mass audience and designed to make you stop, look and remember. Today, they have become an alternative to modern art and are ideal for those wanting a bright, bold statement for their walls.”

PA0541_1_m   “Feeling Groovy” – AntikBar featured by the Shropshire County Woman & Home magazine, in their Interiors Guide (page 37, issue June 2014):

They say that if you remember the 60s, you weren’t there. So if, for whatever reason, you missed it the first time round, why not bring a little Swinging 60s style into your home?

It seems many of us are nostalgic for those days when life was a gas and our footballers and pop stars ruled the world. The popular TV show Mad Men has also been helping us dig 60s style. In fact acclaimed designer Wayne Hemingway has been drafted in to replicate the bold aesthetic of Don Draper’s apartment at London’s former 2012 Athletes’ Village, which is being reinvented as private rental homes.

“Vintage is about looking at timeless elements of design and finding and creating an enduring style.”

…get with the In Crowd – you’ll have a blast!


Original vintage posters add authenticity to a 60s style interior and are also highly collectible. AntikBar specialises in original vintage posters covering a variety of subjects – travel, advertising, sport, cinema, war and propaganda – mainly dating from the late 1890s to the 1970s.

To browse our extensive collection of original vintage posters from around the world and for more information and updates, please visit our website at www.AntikBar.co.uk and follow us on:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AntikBar
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AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association (IVPDA), the London Art Deco Society (LADS) and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).




NEW! Intourist Brochures and Luggage Labels

AntikBar has created a new page for Intourist travel brochures and luggage labels. Intourist was created in 1929 as a State Travel monopoly controlling all foreign tourist traffic into the USSR. Their advertising materials were aimed at attracting foreign tourists and designed in the bourgeois Art Deco style to create a glamorous portrayal of the Soviet Union. Virtually unknown in the USSR, Intourist adverts became a calling card of Soviet Russia as they were distributed in tourist offices, embassies, airports, hotels, train carriages and ocean liner cabins all over the world. Bold, bright and highly artistic they were printed with the highest quality materials and aimed at presenting to foreign tourists the joys of travelling in the USSR – first socialist country in the world.

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…More will be added soon! In the meantime, you can browse the www.AntikBar.co.uk website for more original vintage Russian/Soviet posters, antique maps, prints and books and follow @AntikBar on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook for “Poster of the Day” tweets/pins and other updates. Visit the News & Events page for more information.

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