Solidarity Election Poster, “High Noon, 4 June 1989”
This is probably the most famous image circulated by Solidarity in the run-up to the June 4 elections. Gary Cooper, the actor who starred in the film “High Noon,” is shown with a Solidarity insignia on his badge and a ballot in hand. In addition to playfully appealing to the popularity of American Westerns—and the popularity of American in general—the “High Noon” theme hammered home the message that the June 4 elections offered a stark choice between two opponents and would have momentous consequences for Poland.
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Thomas Sarnecki, “Solidarity Election Poster, ‘High Noon, 4 June 1989’,” 1989, Polish Postery Gallery, courtesy of James Bjork.