Traditionally Tianjin had a distinctive style of woodblock printing that involved a high level of detailing within black ink printed outlines. These were subsequently hand-tinted to produce colourful and lyrical works with a significant amount of painted detailing beyond the printed outlines. This style remained alongside more recogniseable propaganda styles.
“下定决心 不怕牺牲 排除万难 去争取胜利”
Mao quotation on determination, 1968.
Carry Forward the Revolutionary Spirit: Be a Good Successor, 1972.
Artist: Guo Zhao Long (Heping District Cinema)
Birth planning is good, 1972. Captions: People need to control themselves; population increase needs to be organised.
Artist: Zhu Ge Zeng Ren
The red azaleas on the mountain make half the sky grow bright, 1973,
Artist: Zhao Min Sheng
Golden sorghum and blue water, 1961,
Chairman Mao visits the mess, 1971,
This poster was printed in Beijing and Tianjin in 1971, but was also printed in Shanghai with a different, more idiomatic slogan in 1969.
Make more chemical fertiliser, support agriculture, 1972,
New herdsmen in the grasslands, 1972,
Artist: Li En Yun
The orchard is bursting with fruit, 1973,
Artist: Shao Wen Jin
I love Tiananmen in Beijing, 1973,
Artist: Tao Qi
Praise my daughter, 1974.
Artist: Muo Jia Shuo
I help grandfather achieve technical innovation, 1974.
Artists: Liu Yi, Liu Jing Rui & Zhao De Ren
Talk animatedly about the golden trend in China, 1974.
Artist: Zhang Yan Ling
Carry earth and till the land, in agriculture learn from Dazhai, 1974,
Artist: Liu Cheng Rong
Outside school learning group,1974,
Artist: Chen Jian Zhen
Bringing service to your field, 1974,
Artists: Jin Han Jun & Tang Cai Liang
Border Patrol, 1974,
Artist: Liu Ji Min
Share your experiences of raising livestock, 1974,
Artist: Farmer Yan Guang Hui
United together to achieve a greater victory, 1974,
Criticise Lin Biao and Confucius, 1974, Artist: None
Criticise Lin Biao and Confucius, 1974, Artist: None
Deliver Contraception to the Doorstep and Make the Birth Plan Well, 1974. Small slogans L to R: Planning your Birth is Good to Catch the Revolution and Promote Production. Planning your Birth also Enhances the Peoples' Health and the Nation's Future Prosperity. Birth planning also protects the mother and her children
Designed by: Tianjin Birth Planning Committee
This birth planning poster contains three subsiduray slogans and images to reinforce the message and to hold attention for longer.
From Left to Right:
Planning your birth is good to catch the revolution and promote production;
Planning your birth also enhances the people's health and the nation's future prosperity;
Planning your birth also protects the mother and her children.
In agriculture learn from Dazhai, cadre and commune member working together, 1975.
Artists: Zhang Jing Sheng & Wang Yuan Zhen
Family is everywhere, 1975,
Artist: Yu Wan Qiang
Fire Prevention Advice Calendar, 1974 January-June, Designed by Tianjin Fire Police Station
Sea and river, new song, 1975,
Artist: Gui Ming
Popularise Dazhai and give the Motherland our youth, 1975. Artist: Xu Xi
L: Peasant and soldier study together; R: Worker and peasant harvest together, 1976
Artist: Zhen Ke Xiang
Instructor to the children, 1976. Characters: In agriculture learn from Dazhai,
Artist: Ding Xiao Sun
3 Main Rules of Discipline, 8 Points of attention: 1 Follow orders in all actions 2. Don't take a single needle or piece of thread from the masses 3. Take prisoners' property to the authorities (anti corruption) i. speak politely ii. pay a fair price for what you buy iii. return everything you borrow iv. pay for what you damage v. do not swear at people vi. dont damage crops vii. do not take liberties with women viii. do not maltreat prisoners of war, 1974
Three Main Rules of Discipline, followed a few months later by an additional Six Points for Attention were first set down as a code of conduct by Mao in 1928 whilst the Red Army were fighting the civil war. He modified and reissued them in 1929 and again in 1947 into these 3 Rules and 8 Points for Attention. In 1929 Rule 2 was made more poetic and two Points of Attention requiring doors used as bedboards and straw taken from farmers to be returned, were replaced by the Points (i) and (ii) listed here. The 2 additional Points for Attention were originally worded (vii) don't bathe within sight of women; (viii) don't search the pockets of captives.
The warehouse is full of food and the poet's heart is full, 1975. On bamboo screen: Criticise Lin Biao Criticise Confucius.
Artist: Hao Hui Fen
Fire Prevention Advice Calendar, 1974, July-December
Designed by Tianjin Fire Police Station
Students learn from Pan Dong Zi and be good children of the communist party, 1975,
Artists: Qi Dao Yan & Shan Lian Xiao
Chairman Mao meets Comrade Bethune, 1975, Artist: Zhang Fu Long
A cloudless sky unfolds the wings, 1976,
Artist: Jia Shun Min
Make yourself strong in the big wind and waves, 1976, Artists: Tang Xiao He & Cheng Li
Come to Chairman Mao's side, 1976,
I accompany my grandma to night school, 1976.
Artist: Sun Xue Cheng
Mirroring the example of Classical ink painting, this poster includes a poem as a textual element:
The nighttime rain dampens the spring twigs,
The fields become wet and the young seedlings are glad,
I light the lantern and accompany my grandmother to night school,
Grandmother has a red heart,
She is highly aware of the progress of the revolution
And regularly reads the works of Marx and Lenin.
In the political storm her position is unshakeable.
the red star shines the way forward for me to take the right direction in our struggle [song from Pang Dongzhi movie], 1976, No Artist
Carry the great proletarian cultural revolution through to the end, 1976,
Artists: Huang Jin Sheng & Zhang Wen Xin
Chairman Mao talks to the company about the Party, 1977,
Artist: Gao Quan
Pretend autumn, 1977,
Beloved Premier Zhao lives in our hearts forever, 1977,
Artist: Liu Chun Hua
Comrade in arms, 1977,
Artists: Xu Bao Zhong & Li Ze
亲切的关怀 毛主席接见科学家李四光 钱学森
Show kind concern, Chairman Mao meets the scientists Li Si Guang and Qian Xue Sen, 1978
Artists: Sun Wen Chao & Zhang De Pu
After award celebration they have a rendezvous, 1980. Rosette: model worker.
Artist: Zhang Hui Bin
Today we play in the pond and tomorrow we will defend the country, 1980,
Artist: Wang Bao Guang, Yang Liuqing District Nianhua
Respect the Teacher, Love the Student and Build a New Teacher-Student Relationship, 1978.
Artist: Wang Jin Xiang
Today's long march, 1979.
Artist: Liu Zheng
Report to Chairman Hua, 1979,
Artist: Wang Zhen Yu
Bring my little friends with me into space, 1980.
Artist: Shi Shi Ming
Lesson to prepare for war, 1976, On the wall: Learn for the Revolution! Poster: Thoroughly Criticise Lin Biao's Bourgeoise Military Line.
Artist: Cao De Zhao
March to victory,1976,
Artist: Peng Bin
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