We are in your boundless fields, brave country, in partnership with the tractor and the combine, harvest the wheat to the last grain! We will not be one minute late, we will not lose a single sheaf!

Poster Number: PP 1162
Category: Agriculture
Poster Notes: Poster was produced during the era of mandatory procurement of food from USSR villages that left them without adequate grain supply. In addition, the curbing of ration card use, restriction of bread supply, and the government’s rejection of releasing grain in storage exacerbated the “provisioning problems” of 1946-1948. An estimated two million people died in the USSR as a result of food shortage in the immediate post-war era.
Media Size: 33.5x26
Poster Type: Lithograph and Offset
Publishing Date: 1949
Editorial Information: Editor P. Piskunov
Technical Information on Poster: 2 P.L. Kr. 89; Price 1 ruble
Glavlit Directory Number: A-04205
Sources & Citation:

Zubkova, E., Ragsdale, H. (2015). Russia after the war: Hopes, illusions, and disappointments, 1945-1957. London: Routledge. (history of the post-WWII famine)
United States. (1954). Investigation of Communist Takeover and Occupation of the Non- Russian Nations of the U.S.S.R: Hearings before the United States House Select Committee To Investigate Communist Aggression and the Forced Incorporation of the Baltic States into the Soviet Union, Eighty-Third Congress, second session, on June 30, July 1, Oct. 11-14, 18, 19, 1954. Washington: U.S. G.P.O. (interviews with famine survivors of the era)

Catalog Notes: PP 1162 Agriculture b
Artist: Solov'ev, Mikhail Mikailovich — Соловьёв, Михаил Михайлович

Mikhail Mikailovich Solov'ev was born in Moscow. In 1930 he graduated from the advanced courses of the A.Kh.R.R. (Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia). While he began his professional career as a painter, from 1944 on, he exclusively designed posters. He was made a member of the Union of Soviet Artists in 1933. During the 1930s, Solov'ev worked together on posters and dioramas with the graphic designer Pavel Sokolov-Skalia.

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Printer: Printer not indicated —
Publisher: Iskusstvo (Art Publishing House), Moscow-Leningrad — Искусство, Москва-Ленинград

Iskusstvo was the Art Publishing House (A.K.A. Visual Arts Publishing) that was created in 1936 from Ogiz-Izogiz (State Art and Literature Publishing House). It disseminated books and journals dealing with graphic design and the fine arts, and it issued numerous posters. Since the Iskusstvo banner was part of the State Printing Works in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Moscow, its two main offices were located in those two cities.

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