State Publishing House [address illegible] Books on all branches of knowledge

Poster Number: PP 388
Poster Notes: The building with the globe was built in 1904 for the Russian branch of Singer Sewing Machine and its offices were on the top floor. The building stands to this day on Nevskii Prospect, St. Petersburg's main avenue. In the early Soviet era, the Singer building housed the Petrograd State Publishing House as well as the city's largest bookstore Dom Knigi (House of Books).

[At right]
Literature. Works Of And About Lenin. Popular Science.
Agriculture. Fiction. Children’s Literature. Art

[Titles on books]
Emilyan Iaroslavskii: "The Life and Work of V.I. Lenin". “Star”
Popular Literature and Popular Science Magazine. "The
History of the Russian Communist Party" [by] Zinovev.
"V.I. Lenin". "Russia". "Letters of V.I. Lenin".
Textbooks For Schools. "Marxism-Leninism"

Media Size: 42x28
Poster Type: Lithograph and Offset
Publishing Date: c.1924
Sources & Citation: Carstensen, F. V. (1984). American enterprise in foreign markets: Studies of Singer and International Harvester in Imperial Russia. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press.
Catalog Notes: PP 388 Education & Literacy
Artist: LAB — ЛАБ
Printer: 1st State Lithography Workshop, Leningrad (formerly Kibbel) — 1-я государственная литография, Ленинград

The 1st State Lithography had its roots in Imperial Russia. The St. Petersburg-based printing operation was founded in 1881 by Theodore Kibbel (Fedor Fyodorovich Kibbel’) with just four printing presses. By the 1890s, Kibbel had opened a large workshop at 9 Kronverkskaia near the intersection of Mir Street. As a hub for the chromolithography production of posters, labels, cartons, and other ephemera; Kibbel ran one of the largest and most versatile printing operations in the Russian Empire. In 1917, the Council of People’s Commissars of Labor nationalized the workshop and in 1918, it was reorganized as the 1st State Lithography. In 1924, it was named in honor of Mikhail Pavlovich Tomskii (1880-1936) who was the head of the trade union and State Publishing House. By the mid-1930s, the 1st State Lithography was reorganized as the 24th Lithography of Ogiz (Association of State Book and Magazine Publishers) and in the late 1940s to early 1950s, its name was changed to the Leningrad Offset Printing Plant.

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Publisher: State Publishing House, Leningrad — государственное издательство, Ленинград

The State Publishing House had its origins in Imperial Russia as the Royal Print Yard in St. Petersburg. After the Soviets nationalized the print yard in 1917, that action formed the Publishing House of the Petrograd Soviet directed by the Literary and Publishing Department of People's Commissariat for Education. In 1919, the publishing house became Petrogosizdat and in 1924, it was renamed Lengosizdat (A.K.A. Lengiz) when St. Petersburg changed to Leningrad in honor of Vladimir Lenin.

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