Lev Samoilovich Samoilov-Babin was a Soviet painter, poster artist, cartoonist and illustrator. In his youth, his family moved to Kharkov, Ukraine due to hostilities caused by the Russian Civil War. In Kharkov, he studied at the city’s art school and went on to continue his education at the Ilya Repin Leningrad Institute of Art. His studies were interrupted by the war. Samoilov-Babin served in the Russo-Finnish War (1939-1940) and then in the Second World War. He honed his illustrative technique during the war and his cartoons were regularly printed in Soviet newspapers during the war years. After the war, Samoilov-Babin worked in the genre of political satire for various Moscow publications including a thirty-year position illustrating for the magazine Crocodile. He also collaborated with the magazines: Iskra [Spark]; Smena [Shift], and with the newspapers Pravda [Truth] and Izvestia [News]. During his career, Samoilov-Babin participated in Republican, All-Union and international exhibitions. Solo exhibitions of his work were held in Kronstadt (1939), Leningrad (1942, 1971), Moscow (1972, 1981), and in Ivanovo (1985). In 1948, Samoilov-Babin became a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR.
Estonian National Publishing (Eesti Riiklik Kirjastus) was the state-owned publishing entity of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic. It began operations in 1940 as Tartu State Publishing House (until 1941) and was then moved to the capital city of Tallinn around 1944. In addition to publishing posters and books, the house disseminated works of fiction and art. In 1949, it took-in other publishers such as "Fiction", "Art", "Pedagogical Literature", "Political Literature" and "Scientific Literature". From 1964 onward, Estonian National Publishing House was named Estonian Book, (Eesti Raamat).