Kyiv: Vyshcha shkola, 1974. 88x58,3 cm. Near fine.
Design by I. Eshenko.
This Ukrainian poster from a print series “Sportivnye igry” [Sports Games] features illustrative instructions to field handball. It contains images of basic options for catching and throwing a ball, actions of a goalkeeper and a scheme of a handball court. This team game had emerged in the Russian Empire in approximately 1909. Both variations of 11x11 and 7x7 players were popular. Since the 1960s, the latter has prevailed – so this 1970s poster is even more interesting. In 1955, the All-Union Handball Federation was created. In 1956, Vilnius hosted the first Soviet Handball Championships, separately for women and men.
Soviet national teams joined world competitions in the 1960s. A Soviet men’s team first joined the 1960 world games while the women’s team first took part in the 1962 world championship. The Soviet women’s team won gold in 1982 world competitions.
In the 20th century, handball was widespread in Ukraine. In particular, the Kiev women’s team won gold in the Soviet Women’s Handball Championship of 1956. The same year, the Lviv men’s team took silver in the men’s games.