Comrade! Guard your right to build a political life! Guard your vote! Let not a single vote be lost! After centuries of oppression, slavery and exploitation, you are free! The political and economic power of the society is in your hands. You can build a life in your own way! You can eliminate any kind of oppression and violence and create a new world -- the world of communism and equality! Don't run away from revolutionary action! [Partial translation]

Poster Number: PP 046
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: The poster was reportedly used during the election campaign for the All Russian Constituent Assembly, a constitutional body in Russia formed after the October Revolution of 1917.
Media Size: 28.5x23
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: c.1917
Sources & Citation: Russian Revolutionary Posters by V. Polonskii (1925), page 134, poster 164; Iconography of Power: Soviet political posters under Lenin and Stalin by V. Bonnell (2007), page 25, figure 1.3.
Catalog Notes: PP 046 Civil War
Artist: UkROSTA (All-Ukrainian Bureau of the Russian Telegraph Agency) — УкРОСТА (Всеукраинского бюро Российского телеграфного агентства)

UkROSTA was a Soviet news organization founded in January 1920. Its creation served to replace the Bureau of the Ukrainian Press. While UkROSTA was a news organization, it also employed a cadre of artists to design posters for publication. Frequently, the artists (working as a collective) did not attribute their names to the artwork they designed for UkROSTA.

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Printer: Energia (Energy) Typography Workshop, Kharkov — Типография Энергия, Харьков

The name "Energy" was used for a multitude of printers throughout the Soviet Union. This particular printer was located in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (Ukrainian SSR) and in the city of Kharkov.

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Publisher: Gubpechat' (Provincial Department of Printing) — Губпечать (Губернского Отдела Печати)

Gubpechat' handled the printing and distribution of literature and political propaganda in the provinces. Around 1919, it was placed under the control of the State Publishing House and thereafter, it occasionally served as both the publisher and printer of literary materials. Gubpechat' was subordinate to Tsentropechat’ (Central Agency on Press Distribution).

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