The vogue for placard or wall newspapers emerged in Soviet Russia out of the shortage of print facilities and materials. Wall newspapers were meant to disseminate official and local news and very soon became powerful propaganda tools.
Small communities (‘collectives’ in Soviet terminology) of co-workers or co-students formed editorial boards and periodically issued wall newspapers. This one was issued by a local women’s committee in Yalta. It contains reports on their joint achievements, amateur poetry and stories intended to inspire and promote new communist values.
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- Katie McElvanney
Katie McElvanney explores how events of the Russian Revolution and civil wars were reported within Russia and abroad, and how the press was used to inform, persuade, or even repress, the masses.