1964 Voskhod 1 Stamps

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These stamps appear to depict the crew of the 1964 Voskhod 1 space flight: Vladimir Komarov, Konstantin Feoktistov, and Boris Yegorov. This was the first multi-person space flight.

Notice the strong left-to-right diagonal composition in both of these stamps. In cultures which parse lines of text from left to right, a line angled such that the left is lower than the right is interpreted as rising and emotionally uplifting.

This compositional approach is useful when an artist or designer wishes to intimate a positive future.

When reversed — such that the left is higher than the right — this is useful to intimate a positive past.

(Take a look at the last few posts regarding these vintage CCCP stamps — you may notice this compositional approach repeated quite a lot.)

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  1. Also, the diagonal draws your eye to the eyes of the crazy man on the right.

    I bet that emotional uplift has to do with the way we graph things – going up and to the right means you’re making fat cash or whatever, and the opposite of course looks like every stock on the planet for the past year.