Do you see those bunches of people waiting? These are workers waiting for their salary. Everyone who knows about this should demand of their plant committee a better way of paying salary. --V. Mayakovskii

Poster Number: PP 705
Category: Workers
Poster Notes: Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovskii (1893-1930) is the man on the poster with the grey hat, pointing at the workers. He was a Soviet poet, playwright, artist and actor.
Media Size: 28x21.5
Poster Type: Lithograph and Offset
Publishing Date: 1930
Technical Information on Poster: "Industrial Agitation” Series; Poster No. 1; Price 20 kopeks
Glavlit Directory Number: A-69497
Catalog Notes: PP 705 Workers
Artist: Kostianitsyn, Vasilii Nikolaevich (Kostitis, Vasilijs) — Костяницын, Василий Николаевич

Throughout his career, Vasilii Nikolaevich Kostianitsyn worked as a portrait artist, poster artist, graphic artist and as a house painter. He was born into a family of icon painters who lived in Tver Oblast, Russia, a town situated on the right bank of the Volga River. Early on, Kostianitsyn (likely born "Kostitis" and of Latvian heritage) was trained by his father and grandfather in the art of icon painting. Prior to the October Revolution of 1917, he dedicated himself to painting icons but after the revolution swept the former empire, he focused on graphic art. This decision led him to a position on the Central Executive Committee of Soviets creating posters and prints to embellish propaganda trains. He created and exhibited works with revolutionary themes, including landscapes and portraits that incorporated markers of political change happening around him.

Printer: Printer not indicated —
Publisher: Gostrudizdat (State Publishing House of Labor Issues) — Гострудиздат

This publisher was established around 1924 in order to disseminate literature and printed material related to labor issues. Its office was located in Moscow at No. 6 Staraia Square, a building that also housed Moscow's Gorkom (city committee) and Obkom (oblast committee). Staraia Square was an area of the city that was dominated by government institutions including the headquarters of the Communist Party.