On the right side: Literature. Works of and about Lenin. Popular Science. Agriculture. Fiction. Children’s Literature. Art. The book titles are: Emilyan Iaroslavskii: Life And Work Of Lenin. “Star” Popular Literature And Popular Science Magazine. The History Of The Russian Communist Party. Zinoviev: V.I. Lenin. Russia. Letters Of V.I. Lenin. Textbooks For Schools. Marxism-Leninism.
The building with the globe top was built in 1904 for the Russian branch of Singer Sewing Machine. Its offices were located on the top floor. The building stands to this day on Nevskii Prospect, St. Petersburg's main avenue. Early-on in the Soviet period, the Singer building housed the Petrograd State Publishing House and the city's largest bookstore. The bookstore later part of a chain of book stores called Dom Knigi (House of Books).