Translation: A book is nothing else but a man addressing the public.
(Pictured are the slogans:)
The book is the light of communism.
Long live the revolutionary union of people and labor!
You need to read to overcome enemies of the working class!
Poster Number: PP 126
Category: Education & Literacy
Artist: Ivanov, Sergei Ivanovich — Иванов, Сергей Иванович
Poster Notes: Likbez (likvidatsiia bezgramotnosti) was a campaign to "liquidate illiteracy" in the U.S.S.R. It began in 1919, when Vladimir Lenin signed the decree "On eradication of illiteracy among the population of RSFSR". All Soviet citizens aged 8 to 50 years were required to be literate in their native language. Pictured on this poster are the slogans: ‘The book is the light of communism’. ‘Long live the revolutionary union of people and labor!’, ‘You need to read to overcome enemies of the working class!’ This poster is from the early period of the Likbez campaign.
Media Size: 30x22.5
Poster Type: Lithograph
Printer: A.F. Marks Lithography Workshop
Printer Notes: A.F. Marks'' Partnership Artistic Office was located in St. Petersburg at 29 Izmailovskii Avenue. Founded in 1881, its owner was Adolf Fedorovich Marks (1838-1904) a successful printer and publisher. In 1922, the A.F. Marks'' Partnership was placed under Petropechat', a state-owned trust created in the early 1920s to aid in the centralization of the printing industry. Thereafter, it became the 26th State Typography Workshop named for Evgenii Sokolov, a St. Petersburg-based printer and Russian Revolution participant who died while on a military assignment for the Red Army.
Publisher: State Publishing House, Peterburg [St. Petersburg, Russia]
Publishing Date: 1920
Sources: Soviet Posters of the era of the Civil War 1918-1921 by B.S. Butnik-Siverskii (1960), page 491, poster 3317
Catalog Notes: PP 126 Communist Culture