Vintage Educational Posters

by Educational Toys Planet

Came across a few Vintage Educational Posters and decided to share some cool images and descriptions. Most of these posters are a part of sets of teaching charts used in 1960′s to 19070′s in Europe. Many of these posters were internationally appreciated for their educational value, published by the various museums and silk-screened onto paper. So here they are!

Vintage Poster of Snail, artistically illustrating the internal structure of the body.

This image is of a ‘Weinbergschnecke’, translation ‘Snail’, artistically illustrating the internal structure of the body. Interesting facts about snails:

  1. Snails’ bodies produce a thick slime. Because of this slime, they can crawl across the edge of a razor and not get hurt.
  2. Some snails have been known to live up to 15 years.
  3. Snails are hermaphrodites which means that they have both male and female reproductive organs.
  4. Garden snails breathe with lungs.
  5. Snails usually travel in irregular paths, often traveling in a circle.


Interesting facts about the beavers:

  1. Beavers are monogamous.
  2. Beavers can stay underwater for up to 15 minutes.
  3. Prior to European immigration there were over 60 million beavers in North America.
  4. Beavers have sharp teeth which continue to grow throughout their lifetimes.


Chalk Formations

This image is of ‘Aeltere Paläozoische Formationen’, translation ‘Old Paleozoic Formations’.

Interesting Fact:

The Paleozoic (or Palaeozoic) era (from the Greek palaios (παλαιός), “old” and zoe (ζωή), “life”, meaning “ancient life”) is the earliest of three geologic eras of the Phanerozoic Eon, spanning from roughly 541 to 252.2 million years ago (ICS, 2004). It is the longest of the Phanerozoic eras, and is subdivided into six geologic periods (from oldest to least old): the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, and Permian. The Paleozoic comes after the Neoproterozoic Era of the Proterozoic Eon, and is followed by the Mesozoic Era.

The Paleozoic was a time of dramatic geological, climatic, and evolutionary change. The Cambrian Period witnessed the most rapid and widespread diversification of life in Earth’s history, known as the Cambrian explosion, in which most modern phyla first appeared. Fish, arthropods, amphibians and reptiles all evolved during the Paleozoic. Life began in the ocean but eventually transitioned onto land, and by the late Paleozoic, it was dominated by various forms of organisms. Great forests of primitive plants covered the continents, many of which formed the coal beds of Europe and eastern North America. Towards the end of the era, large, sophisticated reptiles were dominant and the first modern plants (conifers) appeared.

The Paleozoic Era ended with the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history, the Permian–Triassic extinction event. The effects of this catastrophe were so devastating that it took life on land 30 million years into the Mesozoic to recover. Recovery of life in the sea may have been much faster.


Educational Vintage Poster- 'Cell' (1970's)

This image is of ‘Utiere Cell’ showing the break down of the cell structure.


Vintage Educational Classroom Poster- Inner Ear

This image is of an ‘Ear’, artistically breaking down the cell structure of the ‘Inner Ear’.

Interesting facts about the ear:

  1. Nobody knows how the brain tells the difference between high pitched and low pitched sounds, or between loud and soft sounds.
  2. Your ear does more than just let you hear—it also gives you a sense of balance. Maybe you’ve noticed feeling dizzy if you’ve had an ear infection.
  3. You get a new ear canal every year! The ear canal skin is constantly growing outward at a rate of 1.3 inches every year. If it didn’t fall off, you’d have a two foot string hanging out of your ear by the time you were 20! 

Vintage Educational Poster- 'Hydroelectric power station'

This image is of ‘Wasserkraftwerk’, translation ‘Hydroelectric power station’, creatively illustrating how water from a dam is pushed through huge turbines to form energy, which is then fed into the electricity grid.


Vintage Educational Poster- 'Tertian Malaria'

This image is of ‘Malaria Tertiana’, translation ‘Tertian Malaria’.

Tertian – Recurring every other day or, when considered inclusively, every third day.

Interesting Fact:

Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans (a type of unicellular microorganism) of the genus Plasmodium. Commonly, the disease is transmitted via a bite from an infected female Anopheles mosquito, which introduces the organisms from its saliva into the person’s circulatory system. In the blood, the protists travel to the liver to mature and reproduce. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever and headache, which in severe cases can progress to coma or death. The disease is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions in a broad band around the equator, including much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Americas.


Vintage  Educational Poster- 'Human Digestive System' (1970's)

This is an image of the ‘Human digestive system’, creatively illustrating the internal organs of the human body and their cell structure.

Interesting Fact:

The whole digestive system is around 9 meters long. In a healthy human adult this process can take between 24 and 72 hours. Food digestion physiology varies between individuals and upon other factors such as the characteristics of the food and size of the meal. (wiki)

Vintage Educational Poster - Beatles


Vintage Educational Poster - Mushroom Types


Vintage Educational Poster Feather and Birds

Pretty awesome posters, wouldn’t you agree!?

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