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Poster Plakat

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"Do you know what a standard is?"

This early 1930s poster is connected to the First Five-Year Plan when the Soviet Union was moving full swing to rapidly industrialize. The poster is also artistically intriguing for its use of lines and fonts. Its overall design is much like the posters created during the short-lived constructivist era in Soviet art some ten years prior to the 1930s. While the poster is not technically constructivist, the artist (identified as 'Fridgato') was clearly influenced by that period of design.

The blocks (serving as paper weights) which are illustrated next to the worker form the letters ОСМ (OST), an abbreviation for the All-Union Standard, the subservient body to the All-Union State Standards of the USSR (GOST) for products of industrial applications.

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About The Collection

Poster Plakat is a private collection of Soviet and Eastern Bloc political ephemera spanning 1916 to 1991. The collection contains over 1,000 original posters and poster maquettes. Sizes range from windowpane posters up to large, multi-panel broadsides. Numerous artists are represented such as Gustav Klutsis, Victor Deni, Nikolai Dolgorukov, Vladimir Stenberg, the Kukryniksy, Viktor Koretsky, and hundreds more. All posters are linen backed and ready for display.

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