Long live the organizer of our unbeatable aviation, the best friend of Soviet pilots, the great Stalin!

Poster Number: PP 345
Category: Military
Poster Notes: The biplanes on the left of the poster are likely the Polikarpov Po-2 or Polikarpov I-153. The aircraft on the right resemble the Tupolev TB-3.
Media Size: 41x29
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1939
Editorial Information: Editor A. Rachevskii. Technical Editor M. Spirushkov.
Technical Information on Poster: Iskusstvo No. 4357. Submitted for production April 26, 1939. Approved for printing July 9, 1939. Index R-80. Order No. 2239.Standard format 62 x 94. Volume 1 sheet of paper.
Glavlit Directory Number: A-14002.
Catalog Notes: PP 345 Military
Artist: Druzhkov, Aleksandr Vasil'evich — Дружков, Александр Васильевич

From 1928 to 1931, Aleksandr Druzhkov studied at the Polygraphic College of Gosizdat State Publishing House. From 1928 to 1930, he was a member of the October Group of artists. While working with the October Group, he produced drawings for the journals Smena [Change] (1929-1931), Nashi dostizhenia [Our Achievement] (1932-1934) and, Bolshevisticheskaya pechat’ [Bolshevik Press] (1932-1934). By 1928, he began an artistic foray into political posters producing such titles as, Above Ground and Below Ground We will Choke the Enemy with a Noose (1942) co-authored with poster artist Sokolov-Skalia; Long Live the Party! (1947); Honor to the Defenders of our Motherland! (1948) co-authored with I.M. Shagin and, Long Live the Soviet Cosmonauts (1969). Druzhkov became a member of the Communist Party in 1943.

Printer: Gudok Typography Workshop, Moscow —

This printer was located in Moscow at 7 Stankevich Street. Gudok is the Russian word for whistle and this was also the name given to the railway industry newspaper in the Soviet Union.

Publisher: Iskusstvo (Art Publishing House), Moscow-Leningrad — Искусство, Москва-Ленинград

Iskusstvo was the Art Publishing House (A.K.A. Visual Arts Publishing) that was created in 1936 from Ogiz-Izogiz (State Art and Literature Publishing House). It disseminated books and journals dealing with graphic design and the fine arts, and it issued numerous posters. Since the Iskusstvo banner was part of the State Printing Works in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Moscow, its two main offices were located in those two cities.