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24 JUNE 2012

A History of Eastern European Matchbox Design

"Matchbox labels from the former Eastern bloc often display a remarkable degree of sophistication, elegance and artistic quality. They were, at a time, the most convenient,efficient and powerful medium for visual communications. Although they were produced under strict state–controlled production processes; that were aimed at exploiting them as a means of publicizing political initiatives, promoting public health and safety, and selling the communist ideal both at home and abroad, the artists used them as a vehicle to experiment with various imaginative ideas and artistic techniques, achieving truly stunning results."

(Guity Novin – گیتی نوین (ناوران) – ا)

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Albania • Alexander Dubcek • artistic techniques • Bulgaria • Central Europe • communism • communist design • communist reformers • communist systemCzechoslovakiaEast GermanyEastern bloc • Eastern Europe • EstoniaGDR • German Democratic Republic • graphic designgraphic design history • Guity Navran • Guity Novin • history • history of graphic design • Hungarian Uprising • Hungary • Imre Nagy • Jane McDevitt • Joseph Stalin • label design • LatviaLithuania • matchbox • matchbox labels • national identity • NATO Alliance • Nikita KhrushchevPoland • political initiatives • post-war erapostwar • powerful medium • Prague Springpublic healthpublic information • public safety • publicising • RomaniaRussiaSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslaviasocialist realismSoviet Union • state-controlled • the communist ideal • USSRvisual communication • Warsaw Pact • Western democracies • Yugoslavia

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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