The Pioneer is an example to all children. We are preparing for the First Republic Congress of the Pioneers!

Poster Number: PP 709
Category: Youth
Poster Notes: Poster is in Latvian language.
Media Size: 37x27
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: c.1950
Technical Information on Poster: Order No. 8771
Glavlit Directory Number: JT07628
Catalog Notes: PP 709 Youth
Artist: Janson, Rudolf (Jansons, Rūdolfs) —
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.