Glory to the Great Soviet People, The Victor-Nation!

Poster Number: PP 488
Category: World War II
Poster Notes: Poster is in Latvian language
Media Size: 34x23.5
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1947
Editorial Information: Editor S. Gel’berg
Technical Information on Poster: Publication No. 596; Order No. 91; Price 2 rubles.
Glavlit Directory Number: IaT 03945
Catalog Notes: PP 488 World War II b; Sister Poster PP 771
Artist: Pankok, Arnold (Pankoks, Arnolds) — Панкокс, Арнольдс
Printer: LPT Typography, Riga —
Publisher: Latgosizdat (Latvian State Publishing House) — Латгосиздат

Until World War II, Latvia had thriving industries for publishing and printing. Between the Soviet annexation of Latvia in 1940 and the German occupation in 1941, the nation's position as a European publishing hub greatly changed. Latgosizdat was formed out of Lativa's largest publisher, Liesma (Flame). Around 1940, Liesma publishing was nationalized during the period of Soviet annexation and it became VAPP (Department of State Book Publishers and Polygraphic Enterprises)-- a state-run entity. From 1946-1964, VAPP was named Latgosizdat and in 1965, it was re-named Liesma. Serving as a branch of the state publisher, Liesma specialized in original literature, foreign authors, monographs, fine art and posters.