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Poster Plakat

Poster of the Week

"The victorious growth of Socialism in the USSR will find its expression in the great growth of socialist based national cultures." Quote attributed to Viacheslav Molotov (1890-1986), Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The woman illustrated on the poster is wearing an Uzbek costume, and she is a Soviet-era depiction of educational success. Her education came about through the campaign of Likbez (Liquidation of Illiteracy).

With Likbez, an individual became “semi-literate” after six to eight hours a week of study over three months. An additional six to eight months of study was then required to achieve full literacy. The Likbez Commission re-doubled its efforts among the population to reach the target of full, national literacy in time for the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution (1927).

Likbez withered after its commission missed the goal for October 1927. In time, the government closed the literacy centers and the resources once earmarked for them were put towards technical and higher education programs during Stalin’s First Five-Year Plan (1928–32).

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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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