Long live the proud falcons of our motherland, Stalin’s charges, brave Soviet pilots, who do not know any barrier in the course of meeting an established goal! Warmest greetings to the heroic daughters of the Soviet people – "Valentina GRIZODUBOVA, Polina OSIPENKO and Marina RASKOVA!" [Partial translation]

Poster Number: PP 540
Category: Military
Poster Notes: The pilots flew a BOK-11 plane (named the "Motherland", Rodina) nonstop from Moscow to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, a city in Khabarovsk Krai, in the Russian Far East at a distance of nearly 4,000 miles (6,400 km), longer than Charles Lindbergh's nonstop flight from New York to Paris.

[Text on the letter]
"KERBI, October 7, 1938"
"Moscow, Kremlin"
To Comrade Stalin

"With your names in our hearts we, the daughters of the great socialistic motherland, flew over without landing, through clouds, fog, frost and night, from Moscow, the heart of our immense motherland, as far as banks of the Amur River. In the marsh, in the Taiga, among the rolling hills, we were not alone. With us are many millions of our nation, the Party and you, Comrade Stalin. Thank you for fatherly care."

[Text on the letter]
"KERBI, October 7, 1938"
"Moscow, Kremlin"
"Comrades Stalin, Molotov, Kaganovich, Voroshilov, Ezhov, Mikoian, Kalinin, Zhdanov, Andreev"

"Your order has been fulfilled. A non-stop flight Moscow—Far East completed in the plane “Motherland” in 26 hours, 29 minutes. The landing was made on a marsh field by the river Amgun’ in an unpopulated area. The crew is healthy, the craft is in order." From our whole heart we thank you for your comrade Stalin’s care and help shown to us.

We are ready to fulfill any order of the party and government.

[Text on the letter]
"Comrades V. Grizodubova, P. Osipenko, M. Raskova"

We congratulate you warmly on the successful and wonderful ending of the non-stop flight Moscow-Far East. "Your heroic flight, which covered in its route 6,450 kilometers (as the eagle flies 5.947 kilometers) in 26 hours 29 minutes is an international women’s record for both straight line and plotted route flight." "Your courage, sangfroid and high mastery of aviation, achieved in the difficult circumstances of the flight and landing, have aroused the admiration of the whole Soviet people."

We are proud of you and we press your hands with all our soul.
Authorized by the TSK VKP(b) and SNK of The USSR

Media Size: 41x30.5
Poster Type: Lithograph and Offset
Publishing Date: 1938
Editorial Information: Editor H. Vladimirskii. Technical Editor N. Gusev.
Technical Information on Poster: Iskusstvo No. 9795. Submitted for production and [approved for] printing October 17, 1938. Page format 72 x 104-1 sheet of paper. Order No. 85. Price 70 kopeks.
Glavlit Directory Number: B-55052.
Catalog Notes: PP 540 Military b
Artist: Deni (Denisov), Viktor Nikolaevich — Дени (Денисов), Виктор Николаевич

Although known for his characterizations and posters that he signed with the pseudonym 'Deni'; Viktor Nikolayevich Denisov never received formal artistic education. Around 1906, Deni began exhibiting at the annual exhibitions of the Society of Independents in Saint Petersburg, as well as at the Salon of Humorists. In 1910, he took private lessons in painting and drawing from the artist-portraitist Nikolai P. Ulianov and that same year, he became active in the field of political caricature, contributing satirical drawings to such journals as Budil'nik [Alarm Clock], Satiricon, Solntse Rossii [Russian Sun], Pulemet [Machine Gun], Knut [Whip], while contributing to the newspaper Golos Moskvy [Voice of Moscow].   After the October Revolution of 1917, Deni worked for Litizdat (State Publishing House). During the early post-Revolutionary period, he lived in Kazan' and produced his first posters there while continuing to work on political caricatures for a myriad of Soviet journals. 

Artist: Dolgorukov, Nikolai Andreevich — Долгоруков, Николай Андреевич

In 1928, Nikolai Andreevich Dolgorukov moved from his native Ekaterinburg to Moscow to attend VKhUTEIN (Higher State Artistic and Technical Institute). After that organization dissolved in 1930, Dolgorukov continued his studies at the Moscow Polygraphic Institute under the tutelage of artists Lev Bruni and Dimitri Moor. Dolgorukov's training was in illustrated political satire as well as in poster design, and each area became the main focus of his long career. After graduation, he collaborated with fellow poster artist Viktor Deni. The duo went on to design a host of iconic Soviet posters from the 1930s to the 1940s. Dolgorukov also created illustrations for prominent newspapers such as: Krasnaia Zvezda [Red Star] (1933), Pravda [Truth], (1934), Izvestia [News] (1949), and for journals including Proektor [Projector] (1932-1935), Sovetskii Soldat [Soviet Soldier] (1941) and Iskra [Spark] (1942). Dolgorukov produced a variety of well-known posters, such as Under the Banner of Lenin toward the Formation of a Classless Society (1932) and Five-Year Plan (co-authored with Deni in 1933). During World War II, Dolgorukov remained active as a graphic designer and a cartoonist producing a myriad of war-time posters including, We'll Sweep Away the Fascist Barbarians (1941) and The Enemy Will Not Have Mercy! He contributed two poster designs to the Soviet telegraph TASS Studio between the autumn of 1942 and the autumn of 1943.

Artist: Dubchanov, L.S — Дубчанов, Л.С.
Printer: Iskusstvo Publishing House Lithography Workshop, Moscow —

Iskusstvo means "Art"

Publisher: Iskusstvo (Art Publishing House), Moscow — Искусство, Москва

Iskusstvo was the Art Publishing House (A.K.A. Visual Arts Publishing) that was created in 1936 from Ogiz-Izogiz (State Art and Literature Publishing House). It disseminated books and journals dealing with graphic design and the fine arts, and it issued numerous posters. Since the Iskusstvo banner was part of the State Printing Works in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Moscow, its two main offices were located in those two cities.