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1989 Solidarity Election

by Tomasz Sarnecki

This is a Solidarity election poster from the historical June 4, 1989, elections in Poland; election that brought Solidarity to power and ended communism in Poland. Changes in other Central Europe countries quickly followed and by the late autumn 1989 the Berlin Wall came tumbling down.


The design by Tomasz Sarnecki, who used a motif from the classic western movie High Noon starring Gary Cooper, captured the tense moment of the elections perfectly.


The caption at the bottom reads simply:


       High Noon, June 4, 1989


using the Polish title of the movie.


Its worth noting that the Polish elections, an effect of a historical compromise between the communist regime and the Solidarity movement negotiated over early spring months in 1989, were held exactly on the same day when the tanks were rolling in blood on the Tiananmen square in Beijing, China.


2009, Ryszard Kott

Fot. 'Fountain" - Hanna Gil

Fot. "Seattle" - Ryszard Kwieciński