Farmers of Soviet Latvia! Vote for candidates of the communist and unaligned block!

Poster Number: PP 136
Category: Agriculture
Media Size: 37.5x27.5
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1946
Editorial Information: Editor R. Tzenis. Technical Editor A. Peterson.
Technical Information on Poster: Publication No. 308. Price 3 rubles. Order No. 4976.
Glavlit Directory Number: Ia T 08078.
Catalog Notes: PP 136 Agriculture
Artist: Karpenko, Mikhail Mikhailovich (Karpenko, Mihails) — Карпенко, Михаил Михайлович

Mikhail Mikhailovich Karpenko lived most of his life in Riga, Latvia and he never received any specialized artistic training during his career. While he is best known for his illustrations in children's books, he also designed political posters.

Printer: LPT Typography, Riga —
Publisher: Latgosizdat (Latvian State Publishing House) — Латгосиздат

Until World War II, Latvia had thriving industries for publishing and printing. Between the Soviet annexation of Latvia in 1940 and the German occupation in 1941, the nation's position as a European publishing hub greatly changed. Latgosizdat was formed out of Lativa's largest publisher, Liesma (Flame). Around 1940, Liesma publishing was nationalized during the period of Soviet annexation and it became VAPP (Department of State Book Publishers and Polygraphic Enterprises)-- a state-run entity. From 1946-1964, VAPP was named Latgosizdat and in 1965, it was re-named Liesma. Serving as a branch of the state publisher, Liesma specialized in original literature, foreign authors, monographs, fine art and posters.