Théophile Steinlen, Lait pur de la Vingeanne Stérilisé,
lithography, 1894.

The collections consist of Finnish and foreign posters on commercial, social, ideological and cultural themes. The emphasis is on Finnish posters. There is not too much material preceding the 1950´s. Only Toivo Vikstedt´s work is presented widely. The oldest Finnish poster is from the 1850´s. Approximately one third of the posters is of foreign origin. Well presented - in quality as well as in quantity - are Japanese, Polish, Russian and Swiss posters, for instance.

A collection of newspaper clippings on poster art was moved to Lahti from the Central Archives of Pictorial Art in the beginning of 1996. Thus, The Poster Museum was authorized to take care of the collection and augment it. A versatile centre of poster art is being established in Lahti; it will try to serve the audience, researchers and graphic designers in as many ways as possible.