History in posters

Take a look at Memòria Digital de Catalunya’s collections of posters on Europeana. With over 2,000 posters, the collections range from sports to politics, advertisements and cultural events, giving us a unique insight into Catalonia’s history.
Poster 2on. Gran Premi de Barcelona Poster IV Campionat de Catalunya de marxa

Here, for example, you can find political posters from the Josep Vinyals collection. According to Vinyals, a private collector, “the endeavour to preserve a bit of the past when it was present … was done without aiming to be exhaustive. That is, it was not about collecting all posters done on all political areas and everywhere during a particular period of time. It was simply about gathering posters from political parties, trade unions, a variety of societies, campaigns, elections, etc., that would give evidence of some events that … have become contemporary history”.

poster Nuclear? No gràcies


The Vinyals collection reflects the political climate in Catalonia in the 1970s and 1980s, a very intense period of time for Catalonia and Spain in social and political fields. This period of transition from the Franco regime towards the building of a new State resulted in a remarkable emergence of political acronyms.

poster 11 de Setembre Diada Nacional de Catalunya
Militant left in its broadest sense has a strong presence in this collection. We find organisations that were later on institutionalised or those that disappeared as a consequence of political and social changes in the country. We see associations or groupings that were born with the will to pursuing a particular demand, political organisations taking part in elections but also “anti-system” or “anti-establishment” groups.

poster Repressió i futbol

See other great posters from Memòria Digital de Catalunya:

-Institution: Biblioteca de Catalunya
Subject: Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), advertisements, shows, and a wide range of posters about politics and unions in England in the early 20th century.

poster XXI Feria Muestrario Internacionalposter Per una Catalunya viva

-Institution: Biblioteca de Comerç i Turisme
Description: Catalonia tourist attractions, landscapes, towns, cities, cultural heritage, festivals, etc. – Published by the Government of Catalonia from 1979 to 2008.
poster Joan Miró, Catalunya
-Institution: Biblioteca de l’Esport
Subject: History of Catalan sport.

Poster Exposició internacional d'automòbils

-Institution: University of Barcelona
Subject: Political events, economic, social and cultural history of Catalonia and Spain for the period of the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939) and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

poster Gobierno

-Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Subject: Political posters.

poster Per lluitar contra l'atur poster Solidaridad con Chile


*We want to thank Eugenia Serra Aranda from Biblioteca de Catalunya for contributing to this post.

2 thoughts on “History in posters

  1. I lived in Barcelona from 2004 until 2008. During those years I worked there as a freelance designer. That’s the reason because I could see in different ways some of the beautiful posters that you posted today.
    If I had to choose which ones I like I stay with posters about Argentina and Chile. Thanks for posting.

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