Born in Ukraine when it was part of the Russian Empire, Mark Aleksandrovich Abramov studied at the Moscow Civil Engineering Institute (MISI) from 1931 to 1936. Along with his brother, he published cartoons under the pseudonym Moa and they appeared in periodicals such as Ateist [Atheist], Rabochaia Moskva [Working Moscow] and Bezbozhnik [The Godless].
Vladimir Petrovich Dobrovol'skii was born in the Irkutsk Oblast in the town of Usolye-Sibirskoye located on the Angara River. Although he was never formally educated in art it was at an early age that he showed talent. From the 1930s until the 1970s, Dobrovol'skii contributed political caricature illustrations for the newspapers "Pravda" (Truth), "Komsomolskaya Pravda" (Komsomol Truth), "Izvestiya" (News), "Sovetskaya Rossiya" (Soviet Russia) in addition to the magazines "Krokodil" (Crocodile) and "Yunost" (Youth). During the 1960s, he partnered with the graphic artist Mark Abramov creating a series of political posters. Dobrovol'skii also worked for book publishers in the towns of Irkutsk and Perm. In 1974 he was bestowed the title "Honored Artist of the RSFSR".
The online index of USSR Artist Union members cites Dobrovol'skii's birth date as August 15, 1920.
Plakat (All-Union Poster) was created in 1974 in Moscow through the work of the Union of Artists and the Central Committee of the Communist Party. The chief of its poster department was Dmitry Akimovich Isaev. Plakat publishers existed until 1991 whereupon it was renamed Panorama publishers.