Nice little puff-piece but really strange wall art

From the Washingtonian comes this puff-piece on White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's wife and kids:

Balancing Act
ABC News contributor Claire Shipman is gently trying to coax her eight-year-old daughter, Della Claire Carney, to appear in a Washingtonian MOM photo shoot, in which Della might have to wear pink and comb her tangled mane.

Della is not easily swayed. She hates pink. Nor does she like to brush her hair. The daughter of Shipman and Jay Carney, President Obama's press secretary, isn't the kind of young girl interested in pleasing her Washington-power-couple parents, or any of the adults around her on the photo shoot for that matter. She is funny, sweet, and obviously smart, but she's not going to budge for braids and patterned shirts.

To Shipman, 51, this is great, though it can be trying. She'd love it if every once in a while Della would run a comb through her locks. Shipman and Carney's son, Hugo James Carney, on the other hand, spends a lot more time styling his red hair. "He's 12 going on 16," says Shipman. During the shoot, Hugo walked up to everyone on the production crew, held out his hand for a firm shake, and said, "Hello, I'm Hugo, nice to meet you"; to say he is a well-mannered tween is an understatement. Hugo and Della both attend Sidwell Friends School. The busy Carney-Shipman household also 'parents' one-year-old Flash, a Portuguese water dog who is a cousin to the Obamas' dog Sunny.

Sidwell Friends is where Obama's daughters go to school so this is a very politically connected family. Having one's dog be related to the President's dog is also a bit strange. What is the strangest is that their kitchen wall art (the two that we can see in the photo) are two Soviet Union Propaganda Posters:

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From Business Insider:

Here Are The Two Soviet Propaganda Posters Hanging In The White House Press Secretary's Home
Washingtonian MOM magazine's spring issue has a profile of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's wife, ABC News contributor Claire Shipman, that features a picture taken inside their home. In the background of the photo, you can see two framed Soviet-era propaganda posters.

One of Carney's posters is a version of this iconic design by artist Dmitry Moor with a soldier pointing his finger alongside text that says "Have YOU Enlisted?" in Russian:
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The other poster features a female factory worker. According to this eBay seller, who is offering one for $1,660, the poster was printed on June 26, 1941, days after Russia began fighting the Axis powers in World War II. It encourages women take jobs vacated by men who have gone to fight. The woman in the poster is switching out a tag with a man's name to one with hers and the text says: "Women! Learn production, replace workers who went to the front! The stronger the hinterland - the stronger the front!"
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Not only is our president a socialist and communist sympathizer, he has surrounded himself with like-minded people. Press Secretary of all people. I wonder how long that article is going to remain posted. The old U.S.S.R. used to disappear incriminating images on a regular basis.

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