If the Red Flag appears, if people reach enlightenment, this is thanks to the Red Army soldier – the first support of the Soviet.

Poster Number: PP 717
Category: Military
Poster Notes:

Text by Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovskii (1893-1930) a Soviet poet, playwright, artist and actor.
[At poster top] Club Section of the Extramural Department of the Commissariat of Public Education.
[On the flag] Workers of all countries, unite! RSFSR
[On building in background] Palace of Literacy

Media Size: 45x31.5
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1919
Sources & Citation: Soviet Posters of the era of the Civil War 1918-1921 by B. S. Butnik-Siverskii (1960), page 256, poster 1120
Catalog Notes: PP 717 Military
Artist: Artist Unknown — неизвестный художник
The artist's name on the poster is not indicated. By assigning Artist Unknown to a poster it also could mean the artist used a chop mark whereby no signature is seen thus rendering the artist's identity anonymous.
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Printer: A.F. Marks Lithography Workshop — Типография Адольф Фёдорович Марксъ
The A.F. Marks'' Partnership Artistic Printing Office was located in St. Petersburg at 29 Izmailovskii Avenue. Founded in 1881 by the printer and publisher, Adolf Fedorovich Marks (1838-1904), the firm published the weekly journal Niva in addition to other literature. In 1916, Moscow publishing mogul Ivan Sytin purchased a controlling interest in its ownership. The Partnership was nationalized (in late 1920) and placed under Gosizdat, the state publisher. In 1922, the printer was placed under Petropechat', a state-owned trust ...
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Publisher: Narkompros (People’s Commissariat for Education) — Наркомпрос
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