Isaak Khaskelevich Grinshtein was a Soviet graphic artist, illustrator and book designer. He was born in what is today Eastern Ukraine. Grinshtein studied at the Art Institute of Odessa from 1925 to 1930 and after graduation, he was a school teacher (until 1933) whereupon he moved to Moscow. Having a background in graphic art, Grinshtein worked extensively designing for Ogonek [Campfire], Smena [Change], Molodoi kolkhoznik [Young Collective Farmer], and other major Soviet monthlies. In addition to his work on posters, he illustrated children's books published by Detskii mir [Children's World] and Molodaia gvardiia [Young Guard]. His work as a graphic artist for children's books includes the titles: "Pavlik Morozov" by Vitaly Gubarev, "Magic Box" by Ivan Vasilenko, "Adventures of Grass" by Sergei Rozanov, "Daughter" by Maria Belakhova, "The Son of the Regiment" by Valentin Kataev, and a host of others. Isaak Grinshtein was a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR.
The Dunaev printing plant was located at 9 Bolshaia Polianka in Moscow. Headquartered inside the former Menert Brothers printing plant, during the 1920s, the firm was named in honor of the Bolshevik leader Evlampii Dunaev (1877-1919) who served as assistant chairman of the Soviet of Nizhny Novgorod. Dunaev was also a member of the provisioning committee and he served on the Nizhny Novgorod Council of Local Economy. During the Civil War, he reportedly died from typhus. Before the plant was named in Dunaev’s honor, it was under the management of Geokartprom of the V.T.U. (Military Topographic Directorate of the Headquarters of the Red Army).
The history of IzoGiz begins with the formation of Ogiz, the Association of the State Book and Magazine Publishers. In 1930, the Sovnarkom of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic established Ogiz to centralize publishing under a monopoly in order to eliminate duplication of printed material, to streamline and control publishing production and its 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. The separation 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 1963, Izogiz was merged with the publishing house, "Soviet Artist" (Sovetskii khudozhnik).