Translation: About Revitalized Icons And About How A Building Manager Revitalizes Ever-Active Priests [On the top left] Three peasant spiders are gathered to warm themselves and to treat their bones to steam around a huge samovar.Read Full Translation...About Revitalized Icons And About How A Building Manager Revitalizes Ever-Active Priests
[On the top left]
Three peasant spiders are gathered
to warm themselves and to treat
their bones to steam
around a huge samovar.
You will recognize all of them
"when you look. All of them are your friends, "
"Simpleton, priest, shop keeper and"
"the regional spider, the kulak."
“It’s happening now that there are too few believers…”
"said the priest, wiping his sweat from the his forehead."
"“If you don’t do anything, belief will fall away all together!”"
[On the top right]
"This is how the kulak answered the father,"
"Putting sour cream in his mouth and licking his moustaches,"
“Belief will be in every house
If miracles will happen”.
"The shop keeper answered this,"
"“Yes, without miracles things are bad."
There is no belief in God
and there is no belief in my losses.”
"And the trio of spiders, "
"to muddle the brains of the people,"
they start to prepare energetically
a miracle for the peasants.
They took an old icon
and put it back into business.
They poured a lot of moonshine
in their mouths and in God’s mouth.
The moonshine cleaned away all
the smoke damage from the icon.
They started to rub in oil and swat the icon with a rag.
The Mother Of God started to shine.
By the peasants’ well
a pail of water is quietly sloshing
but the priest’s wife is running away
faster than a race horse.
She put God in water
“Tomorrow the miracle will give its yield”
but a young peasant
was witness to this forgery.
The whole village is crying with astonishment
and the priest is walking in a tipsy way
and “A renewed icon
has appeared in the village.”
Perhaps our spring has healing power.
People are coming from far away.
They gather to adore the icon
and in front of them all are the three spiders.
But the faces of the leechers of the peasants
were not puffed out for long.
The revolution uncovered
their godly tricks.
An honest witness told the court
everything that happened.
And the cheaters went to the regional
"House Of Correction, which was what they needed."
--- S. Gorodetskii.
[On the bottom of the poster]
Atheist Publishing House Agit-Punkt ATHEIST
Moscow 1 Granatnii Alley Moscow 24 Twerskaia St.
Tel. 55-88 Tel. 3-94-61
Sale of antireligious literature. Delivery COD to all provinces
Anti-religious bibliographical Discounts from 15 – 30%
Price from 5 – 80 rubles.Close Full Translation
Poster Number: PP 597
Category: Communist Culture
Artist: Illegible Name — Неразборчивое Имя
Poster Notes: This poster was produced by "Atheist", a firm created in 1922 in Moscow by P.A. Krasikov and I.A. Shpitsberg to publish works criticizing religion. By 1931 "Atheist" was taken over by Bezbozhnik or "Godless", an anti-religious newspaper of the League of Militant Atheists.
Media Size: 29x23
Poster Type: Lithograph
Printer: Typolithography Workshop of Geokartprom V.T.U. (Millitary Topographic Directorate)
Printer Notes: In 1918, the Soviets nationalized the printing workshop of the brothers V. and G. Mennert in Moscow located at 9 Bol'shaia Polianka (later, Soviet Street). The workshop became Geokartprom (Union of Production Enterprises of the Military Topographic Directorate, Headquarters of the Red Army), a state-owned trust that centralized government mapping. Geokartprom, was under the direction of the V.T.U. (Military Technical Administration).
Publisher: Atheist Publishing House, Moscow
Publishing Date: c.1925
Publisher Notes: The Atheist Publishing House existed from 1922 until 1930. Around 1931 it was taken over by Bezbozhnik, an anti-religious newspaper of the League of Militant Atheists.
Print Run: 30,000
Glavlit Directory Number: 29906
Catalog Notes: PP 597 Communist Culture b