In the Name of Communism

Poster Number: PP 904
Category: Industry
Poster Notes: Lenin is on the left and Stalin is on the right. This poster highlights the construction of the Main Turkmen Canal, connecting to the Amu-Darya River in Central Asia’s lands, to facilitate cotton growing and power generation.
Media Size: 38.5x28
Poster Type: Lithograph and Offset
Publishing Date: 1951
Editorial Information: Editor M. Ioffe
Technical Information on Poster: [Approved] 12 October 1951; Publication No. 9300; Size 1 large sheet; Order No. 616; Price 3 rubles
Glavlit Directory Number: A 07349
Catalog Notes: Industry b
Artist: Govorkov, Viktor Ivanovich — Говорков, Виктор Иванович

Viktor Ivanovich Govorkov studied art in the studios of the Club for Soviet Workers in Vladivostok during the mid-1920s. From 1926 to 1930, Govorkov studied at VKhUTEIN [Higher Art and Technical Institute] in Moscow under the tutelage of Sergei Gerasimov where he concentrated in monumental art. His thesis at VKhUTEIN was a sketch for a panel intended for decoration on Red Square in preparation for the May Day festivities there in 1930. Upon his graduation he served in the Red Army.  His professional career began when he obtained a job as an illustrator at two Vladivostok newspapers. During the 1920s, Govorkov was active in book design. He began to exhibit professionally in 1931.

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Printer: 3rd Krasnii Proletarii (Red Proletarian) Typography Workshop of Glavpoligrafizdat, Moscow — 3-я Типография Красный Пролетарий Главполиграфиздата

The 3rd Krasnii Proletarii Typography Workshop of Glavpoligrafizdat was located at 16 Krasnoproletarskaia Street in Moscow. Glavpoligrafizdat (Main Administration for Matters of Polygraphic Industry Publishing and Book Selling) was a state-owned trust created in 1949 to oversee printing, publishing and book selling in the USSR. As a result of its formation, Ogiz (Association of State Book and Magazine Publishers), the entity previously administering state publishing, was dissolved and the 3rd Krasnii Proletarii Typography became a contract printer for Glavpoligrafizdat.

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

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.

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