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"Do you know what a standard is?"
The worker illustrated on this poster seemingly berates others in asking his comrades this industrial question. 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 this featured poster is not constructivist, its artist (identified as 'Fridgato') was clearly influenced by that period of design.
Notice the blocks serving as paper weights on the plans as well as the red ОСМ (OST) abbreviation next to the worker. They represent the abbreviation for All-Union Standard the subservient body to the State All-Union Standards of the USSR (GOST) for products of industrial applications.
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, poster maquettes and political leaflets from windowpane-sized 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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THE POSTER DATABASE
The database behind Poster Plakat is the most complete informational repository for Soviet and Eastern Bloc political posters anywhere on the Internet. The system was conceived by the owner of Poster Plakat and developed for the web by Deko Design, Inc. The database uses Algolia search support, a consumer-grade search engine.