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Poster Number: PP 1179
Category: Industry
Poster Notes: Poster was issued by the Kiev Sorabkop.
Media Size: 24x17
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1924
Technical Information on Poster: Publication No. 24-2; D.U.D. No. 1011; 334.(47.71)(084)
Catalog Notes: PP 1179 Industry b
Artist: O.S. [Sakhnovskaia, Elena (Olena) Borisovna] — О.С. [Сахновская, Елена (Олена) Борисовна]

The Ukrainian graphic artist and illustrator signed her work using the initials O.S. but, it is not certain the featured work in the Collection is her design.

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Printer: 7th Printing House of the Kiev-Druk Trust, Kiev — 7-я типография Киев-Друк Трест, Киев

Kiev-Druk (Kiev-Printing) was a major typographic firm in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic during the 1920s-1930s. It produced printed materials including books and posters. The 7th Printing House was located in Kiev on Bol’shaia Zhitomirskaia Street.

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Publisher: Sorabkop (Soviet Workers' and Peasants' Consumer Societies) — Сорабкоп (Союз рабочих и крестьянских обществ потребителей)

Sorabkop (Soviet Workers' and Peasants' Consumer Societies) was one of the largest cooperative societies formed in the USSR. Its history dates to 1922 when the All-Union Central Executive Committee issued a Decree concerning the "union network of consumer cooperatives in Ukraine".
To form the network, a merger was brought about between a cadre of small, rural cooperatives. Sorabkop headquarters was based in Kiev and so the city benefited from having the largest cooperative in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Sorabkop's formation helped resolve the discrepancy between the prices of industrial and agricultural products. As a result, accounting measures and price controls were put in place on the products Sorabkop sold. Cooperative members could use private currency as well as food cards or product coupons in Sorabkop stores. Their urban stores sold products to non-members but did so at higher prices and, city-dwellers did not have access to the entire stock. In addition, Sorabkop developed a publishing division to turn out literature and advertisements for the cooperative.

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