The artist used a diamond-shaped chop containing the words "Bob Cat" to identify their work. No information is currently available about the artist other than they produced work during the late 1920s.
GIZ/Gosizdat (Gosudarstvennoe izdatelstvo RSFSR) was the State Publishing House of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. It was formed in Moscow in May 1919 via the merger of the publishing houses of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee, the Moscow Soviet, the Petrograd (St. Petersburg) Soviet, the Moscow Communist, the People's Commissariat of the RSFSR, and a host of others. Gosizdat became the first major state-controlled publisher formed for the purpose of joining the nation's printing and publishing entities under a single institution. By 1921, 50 local printers and publishers were organized under its banner.
Established in 1919, Gosizdat provided a base for the centralized plan to collectivize all private publishers and printers. While Gosizdat existed somewhat independent of the government after its formation, by 1930 it served as the base of the state publishing conglomerate, "Association of State Publishing Houses" (OGIZ), the entity that united all Soviet publishing houses under complete state control.