Glory to the great Soviet nation, a nation of victory!

Poster Number: PP 771
Category: World War II
Poster Notes: Poster is in Latvian language.
Media Size: 34x24
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1947
Editorial Information: Editor S. Gelbergs
Technical Information on Poster: Publication No. 596; Order No 91; Price 2 rubles
Glavlit Directory Number: JT 03945
Catalog Notes: PP 771 World War II b; Sister poster PP 488
Artist: Pankok, Arnold (Pankoks, Arnolds) — Панкокс, Арнольдс
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.