Fuck Communism!

Paul Krassner, John Francis Putnam (design)

N.p. N.p., Circa 1960s. Vintage satin banner with hand-sewn lettering, by an unknown artist, made after Paul Krassner and John Francis Putnam's 1963 poster.

Krassner created the "Fuck Communism" poster for sale through his satirical underground magazine "The Realist," with typography by longtime "Mad" magazine art director Putnam. In addition to publishing The Realist from 1958 to 2001, Krassner was a founder of the radical activist group the Youth International Party (The Yippies) and an early member of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters.

In the words of occasional Realist contributor Kurt Vonnegut, "At the beginning of the 1960s, FUCK was believed to be so full of bad magic as to be unprintable. [...] By having FUCK and COMMUNISM fight it out in a single sentence, Krassner wasn't merely being funny as heck. He was demonstrating how preposterous it was for so many people to be responding to both words with such cockamamie Pavlovian fear and alarm."

36 x 14 inches. Near Fine.

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