These beautifully designed Russian matchboxes (1950's-1960's) were born out of the same minds that produced the propaganda of Stalin and Lenin's USSR. The techniques and palate of the iconic posters of communist ideals, workers utopia, and the dictators themselves spilled over into all disciplines of design of the period and continued for decades. This way of marketing and illustrating gave rise to the corporate branding and identity of today (not to mention the last 50 years). Steven Heller has a great book out on this subject called Iron Fists.
These images were found on Maraid Design's Flicker