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"Skrusz te Szpony!"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Poland (made)

  • Date:

    1921 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nowakowski, Bogdan (artist)
    Glowczewski, W. (printer)
    Zwiazek Polskich Stowarzyszen Spozywców (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    lithograph in red, black and white

  • 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 DR23

This 1921 Polish propaganda poster was issued by a Warsaw consumer union shortly after the end of World War II (1919). A veiny, blood-stained claw descends on an unsuspecting man, who raises his arms to protect himself. The poster urges the reader to "break the clutches" of capitalist industry, where consumers are at the mercy of high prices set by industrialists. The solution it proposes is to work together against the dictates of industry. In the image, an axe bearing the word "cooperation" lies near the feet of the vulnerable man. The union's aim was to mobilise consumers, armed with the weapon of collaboration. This poster clearly shows the seeds of socialism being sown in Eastern Europe.

Physical description

Giant hand clawing at a man, on red background.

Place of Origin

Poland (made)


1921 (made)


Nowakowski, Bogdan (artist)
Glowczewski, W. (printer)
Zwiazek Polskich Stowarzyszen Spozywców (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

lithograph in red, black and white

Marks and inscriptions

"Skrusz te Szpony!"
Break their clutches!

written on handle of axe

Bron jest obok ciebie!
Defence is closer than you think! [You can protect yourself!]

The Library of the University of Illinois
purple stamp, lower right corner


Height: 94.2 cm, Width: 62 cm

Descriptive line

"Skrusz te Szpony!" Polish Propaganda poster against industrialist control.

Production Note

printed in Warsaw


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Claws; Solidarity; Protest; Consumerism; Consumer


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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