Whoever is grumbling against what is new did not have enough hate for what is old.

Poster Number: PP 419
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: On the building: “Soviet”.
Media Size: 30x23
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: c.1918
Editorial Information: "It is strongly prohibited to remove or cover this poster whoever is guilty of this will be brought to justice."
Sources & Citation: Soviet Posters of the era of the Civil War 1918-1921 by B.S. Butnik-Siverskii (1960), page 209, poster 656; Russian Revolutionary Posters by V. Polonskii (1925), page 125, poster 32; The Soviet Armed Forces: A History of Their Organizational Development :a Soviet View, by S. A. Tjuškevič (1978).
Catalog Notes: PP 419 Civil War b
Artist: Artist Unknown — неизвестный художник

The artist's name on the poster is not indicated. By assigning Artist Unknown to a poster it also could mean the artist used a chop mark whereby no signature is seen thus rendering the artist's identity anonymous.

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Printer: Printer not indicated —
Publisher: Glavpolitprosvet (Main Department of Political Education of the People's Commissariat of Education, RSFSR) — Главполитпросвет

Glavpolitprosvet (Main Department for Political Education) was created in 1920 and placed under the People's Commissariat of Education (Narkompros) due to the workload carried out with adult-education. Glavpolitprosvet served as a semi-independent institution that supervised political education and enlightenment. Its chief function was to provide political education to non-Communist Party members and yet, its management frequently crossed over into the Party apparatus. Political education was managed via local reading-rooms, lecture halls, social clubs, public libraries ("mass libraries"), movie production and exhibition ("mass cinema"), adult schools, political schools, select universities, and through other minor institutions. Glavpolitprosvet staff published journals and periodicals. In November 1921, its status was augmented when its Agitprop (Department of Propaganda and Agitation) sector was created to monitor libraries and institutions of public education. Agitprop oversaw ideological work inside and outside the Party and it supervised political educational activities in the government, trade unions, cooperatives and other organizations. In 1930, Glavpolitprosvet was reorganized into the mass work section of Narkompros and it lost its semi-independent status.

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