Have you fulfilled your obligations in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic?

Poster Number: PP 207
Media Size: 36.5x29
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1945
Editorial Information: Editor S. K. Bratoliubov.
Technical Information on Poster: Alma-Ata City. Order No. 307. Price 3 rubles, 50 kopeks.
Glavlit Directory Number: UG01560.
Catalog Notes: PP 207 Communist Culture b
Artist: Karpovskii, Naum Pavlovich — Карповский, Наум Павлович

Between 1925 and 1931, Naum Pavlovich Karpovskii studied at the State Art Institute in Khar'kiv, Ukraine. In the late 1930s he began his career designing political posters concerning themes of culture and politics. By the early 1940s there was a threat of war looming over the Soviet Union. Karpovskii changed his motifs into martial themes so very popular during the war.

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Printer: Cartography Workshop of KazNKZ (Kazakh People's Commissariat) — Картографическая мастерская КазНКЗ

Cartography Workshop of KazNKZ (in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic) produced maps and paper ephemera and was a large printing operation. The People's Commissariat was the manager of the workshop. The Commissariat was an executive structure first used in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) to manage economic and industrial activities. This structure was later used in the union and autonomous republics of the USSR. People's Commissariats also managed sectors of the national economy. For example, there was the People's Commissariat of Finance, the People's Commissariat of Internal Trade, the People's Commissariat of Agriculture, the People's Commissariat of Defense, and so on. By 1920, there were seventeen People's Commissariats and by the Second World War, over thirty. Commissariats were headed by a People’s Commissar. According to historian Jonathan Smele, the title "commissar" was first used in October 1917 in lieu of using the title minister for members of the Council of People's Commissars. The People's Commissariat was abolished in 1946 when it was transformed into a ministerial structure.

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