The city of Lenin is the most literate city in the world. London – 95% literacy. Berlin – 99.45% literacy. Leningrad – 100% literacy.

Poster Number: PP 398
Poster Notes: This poster is on foamcore; [First banner] Warmest greeting to the Leningrad culture army the front line fighter for the cultural revolution; [Second banner] We have people coming from other locations in the Soviet Union, immediately arm them with literacy, increase cultural aid for the countryside; [Third banner] With total literacy support we will spread technical knowledge [and] fulfill the 5-year plan for Leningrad industry in three years; [Fourth banner] By the 14th anniversary of October we must become a country of total literacy.
Media Size: 55.5x38
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1931
Technical Information on Poster: Poster created by Kh.M. “Khudozhestvennye Masterskie”; [Printed at] 3 Mir Street
Catalog Notes: PP 398 Education & Literacy (foamcore)
Artist: Artist Studios (Kh.M.) — Художественные Мастерские (ХМ)

Kh.M. is the abbreviation for the State Free Artists' Studios (Khudozhestvenye Masterskie), a poster arts cooperative of Izogiz publishers. In 1930, Kh.M studios existed only in Moscow and Leningrad and it was turning out propaganda for the First Five-Year Plan and for the efforts of collectivization. The earliest poster works created by the cooperative thus reflect these two themes. 

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Printer: State Lithography Workshop named for M. Tomskii, Leningrad — Государственная литография им. М. Томского, Ленинград

In 1924, the 1st State Lithography Workshop in Leningrad was named in honor of Mikhail Pavlovich Tomskii (1880-1936), head of the Soviet trade union and the head of the State Publishing House. In the mid-1930s, this workshop became the 24th Lithography Workshop of Ogiz. Historically, the workshop had its roots in Imperial Russia. It was a large printing house founded in 1881 by Theodore Kibbel (Fedor Fyodorovich Kibbel) located at Kronverkskaia and Mir Streets in St. Petersburg, (A.K.A. Petrograd). In 1917, the Council of People’s Commissars of Labor nationalized the printing house. In 1918, the Soviet government named the printing house "1st State Lithography" and thereafter, it underwent a variety of name changes. The printer was located at Located at 9 Kronverkskaia Street in St Petersburg.

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Publisher: IzoGiz (State Publishing House of Fine Art) —

Izogiz was the fine arts section of Ogiz publishing. In 1963, Izogiz was re-named Sovetskii khudozhnik, "Soviet Artist".

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