Everyone, go to the polls!

Poster Number: PP 503
Category: Events
Poster Notes: Poster calls citizens to vote for candidates of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR that occurred in 1950. [On the banner] The Latvian SSR...[obscured text] [On calendar] 16-Feburary.
Media Size: 37.5x24
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: c.1950
Editorial Information: Editor S. Gel’berg.
Technical Information on Poster: Publication No. 338. [Printer] Order No. 218. Price 1 ruble 50 kopeks.
Glavlit Directory Number: IaT 08057
Catalog Notes: PP 503 Events b; Sister Poster PP 858
Artist: Ozerovi — Озеров
Printer: 1st Lithography Workshop of the Latvian Poligraf Trust, Riga [Lativa] —
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.