Red Army soldier, take care of your rifle; it's your loyal and reliable friend!

Poster Number: PP 144
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: This regional poster was part of a series for the "Take Care of Army Property Week", a campaign from late 1921.
Media Size: 28.5x22.5
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1921
Technical Information on Poster: Publication No. 86
Sources & Citation: Soviet Posters of the era of the Civil War 1918-1921 by B. S. Butnik-Siverskii (1960), page 269, poster 1263
Catalog Notes: PP 144 Civil War b; Sister poster PP 704
Artist: Artist Unknown — неизвестный художник

The artist's name on the poster is not indicated. By assigning Artist Unknown to a poster it also could mean the artist used a chop mark whereby no signature is seen thus rendering the artist's identity anonymous.

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Printer: State Chromolithography Workshop, Tver —
Publisher: State Publishing House, Tver' — Государственное издательство, Тверь

The State Publishing House had its origins in Imperial Russia as the Royal Print Yard in St. Petersburg. As the Red Army controlled more provinces and cities in former Imperial Russia, the State Publishing House developed offices outside St. Petersburg. Tver is a city northwest of Moscow at the confluence of the Volga and Tvertsa rivers. From 1931 to 1990, the city was called Kalinin in honor of the Bolshevik leader Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin, as he was born in Tver Oblast (district). Subsequently, Kalinin's wife was arrested as "an enemy of the people" in the 1930s even though he continued to serve as chairman of the Supreme Soviet, the USSR's governing body.

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