Introduction to Posters

The poster has been used throughout history, throughout the world and addresses a wide range of different topics. A poster is defined as a printed announcement of advertisement that is intended to be posted in a public place. Although printed advertisements can be traced back to the 15th century, posters, as we know them today, originated in the 1860s; they were printed using an early version of lithography.

So what is the power in the poster?

Well as it says in Margaret Timmers book, ‘The Power of the Poster’ the true power of the poster is shown in this photograph:

The poster shows an image of Stalin. It shows how the poster ‘was more than just an image; it was understood by Hungarians as an image of injustice…This brief episode illustrates the power of the poster, as a symbol of authority, sometimes to generate loyalty and, at other times, to provoke hatred.’



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