Let's name the Zeppelin Squadron after Lenin!

Poster Number: PP 140
Category: Lenin
Poster Notes: Poster is in Belarusian language. Misc. copy reads: "Whoever Removes This Poster is a Counter-Revolutionary and Criminal".
Media Size: 44.5x32.5
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1931
Technical Information on Poster: Izogiz No. 2065, R 30. No. 329. Order No. 102. Current Account Number For The Moscow Fund For The Squadron Of Zeppelins Named For Lenin At The Regional Department Of The State Bank 109710
Glavlit Directory Number: B-6904
Sources & Citation: Schnapp, J. T. (2005). Revolutionary tides: The art of the political poster, 1914-1989. Milano: Skira. (P. 28, poster cited)
Catalog Notes: PP 140 Lenin
Artist: Kibardin, Georgii Vladimirovich — Кибардин, Георгий Владимирович

Georgii Vladimirovich Kibardin was born in a starkly depressing, desolate part of the Russian Empire. In his youth, he determinedly ventured to Moscow where he attended VKhUTEMAS [Higher Art and Technical Studios] studying under the tutelage of the noted Russian artist, Ilya Ivanovich Mashkov. In the 1920s, Georgii Kibardin attended courses at the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (AKhRR). He joined its successor, the Association of the Revolutionary Artists (AKhR), in 1923. Kibardin began to exhibit professionally by 1928 and yet, his first solo exhibition did not take place until 1951. His artwork was featured in Moscow art exhibitions in 1960, 1963, and 1971.

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Printer: Tsentrizdat (Central Publishing House of the Peoples of the USSR) — Центриздат (Центральное издательство народов СССР)

Tsentrizdat was established in 1924 to consolidate East and West publishing divisions into one entity. With a focus on literature, political, scientific and educational information in the national languages of the USSR, it had offices throughout the Soviet republics and autonomous regions. Tsentrizdat was dissolved in 1931 when the USSR centralized its printing and publishing industries.

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Publisher: Ogiz-IzoGiz, Moscow-Leningrad — Огиз-Изогиз, Москва-Ленинград

Ogiz was the Association of the State Book and Magazine Publishers. Its main offices were located in Moscow and in Leningrad. The Sovnarkom of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic established Ogiz in 1930 to centralize publishing activities under a state monopoly in order to eliminate duplication of printed material, streamline and control publishing production and output, and to create a base for marketing books, training and technical manuals. In 1931, the Central Committee of the USSR ordered certain publications be separated from Ogiz. This principally affected technical manuals and propaganda material issued by the publisher. For example, posters, art magazines and artistic books were placed under Izogiz (Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo), the fine arts section of Ogiz. In 1949, Ogiz was reorganized and merged into Glavpoligrafizdat, the Main Administration for Matters of the Polygraphic Industry, Publishing and Book Selling. In 1953, Glavpoligrafizdat was reorganized and renamed, Glavizdat. Thereafter, the publishing, printing and bookselling monopoly in the USSR was separated into three distinct divisions. In 1963, Izogiz was merged with the publishing house, "Soviet Artist" (Sovetskii khudozhnik).

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