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Poster - Issues of paper money per month by different Russian Governments.

Issues of paper money per month by different Russian Governments.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1919 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    C.D. (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithography

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR4

This White Russian propaganda poster aims to portray the devastating effect of the Bolshevik rule on the Russian economy. The peculiar graphs in the right lower corners of the bank scenes show the increasing inflation occured after the collapse of the Russian Empire and the beginning of the Bolshevik rule while the bank scenes themselves show the difference in conditions under the different governmets. The Imperial bank is shown as an example of order and security, whereas the Provisional government bank shows already the signs of delapidation, and, finally, the Soviet bank is in complete disorder. The use of the anti-Jewish propaganda typical for the White Russian propagandist machine is evident in this poster.

Physical description

Three bank scenes depicting value of Russian money during the rule of different governments in the years 1916 to 1918.

Place of Origin

Russia (made)


ca. 1919 (made)


C.D. (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithography

Marks and inscriptions

Issue of paper money per month by different Russian governments.
from Russian
Title of the poster

1916. The Imperial Government. Issue of paper money per month in 1916. 290 million roubles.
from Russian

1917. The Provisional Government. Issue of paper money per month in 1917. 832 million roubles.
from Russian

1918. Soviet Government. Issue of paper money per month in 1918. 4,000 million roubles.
from Russian


Height: 56.0 cm, Width: 70.7 cm

Descriptive line

Anonymous propaganda poster depicting three scenes, Bank 1916. Russia, ca. 1919.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Ideology; Politics; Propaganda


Prints; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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