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English translation reads: "Universal military training for all people is the pledge of victory. The worker stands by his machinery, his trusted rifle in his strong hand." Written on the machine: "Workers of all countries, unite!"
This poster concerns enrollment in Vseobuch (
vseobshchee voennoe obuchenie) the universal military training program initiated by the Soviets in 1918 during the Russian Civil War. By governmental decree, all citizens were obligated to receive basic military training and the affect of the training helped the rear lines of defense for the Bolsheviks during the civil war. In the period following the Russian Civil War, Vseobuch was re-organized and it managed sport clubs and sport societies as part of the All-Union Council on Physical Culture and Sports.
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.