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"We offer trade and competition!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USSR (made)
    Moscow (made)

  • Date:

    1959 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Govorkov, V. (artist)
    Schetkin, G. (editor)
    State Publishing House of Art (ISOGIS) (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR20

The figure of the fat American wearing a top hat is an archetypal image of the "capitalist oppressor" often deployed in Soviet propaganda. This poster proclaims Soviet confidence in the superiority of their industrial production and trade during the Cold War waged against America.

Physical description

In the foreground is an imposing Soviet man whose likeness is based upon that of Communism's founding father Lenin. His left hand rests on a box of cargo marked "export" (in English and Russian). The Soviet flag appears in the top right corner. An industrial crane hangs in the background. Ships bearing Soviet flags are shown embarking for trade journeys. In the figure's right hand is a piece of paper labelled "Trade Agreement". He offers this document with an outstretched arm to a (significantly smaller) fat capitalist standing beneath an American flag. This figure is surrounded by frost-covered cargo.

Place of Origin

USSR (made)
Moscow (made)


1959 (made)


Govorkov, V. (artist)
Schetkin, G. (editor)
State Publishing House of Art (ISOGIS) (printers)

Materials and Techniques

colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Artist V. Govorkov, Editor G. Schetkin. W01216. Publication No 1-40. 5/ III 1959. Volume 1 b.e. Tirage 35,000. Order No 2886. Price 1 rouble
lower left margin

from 1.1.1961 the price is 10 kopek
stamped in lower left corner.

State Publishing House of Art (ISOGIS) Moscow 1959.
centre of lower margin

First exemplary Typography named after A.A. Zhdanov of moscow City Economic Council Mosocw, G-54, 28 Valovaya Street.
lower right margin


Height: 57.2 cm, Width: 80.6 cm

Descriptive line

"We offer trade and competition!" Soviet propaganda poster. Lenin extending a trade agreement to overseas capitalist. USSR, 1959.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Baburina, N.I. The Soviet Political Poster 1917-1980 from the USSR Lenin Library Collection, Sovietsky Khudozhnik Publishers, Moscow, 1985


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Socialism; Competition; Communism; Propaganda; Trade


Prints; Politics; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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