Learn, like Lenin!

Poster Number: PP 909
Category: Youth
Poster Notes: The book held by the boy, “Childhood and School Years of [Vladimir] Il’ich’ [Lenin]", was written by Anna Il’ich’ Ul’ianova-Elizarova the eldest Ul’ianov sibling born to Il’ia Ul’ianov and Mariia Blank who were also Vladimir Lenin's parents. The statue depicts young Valdimir Lenin and the stamp in the book reads “For outstanding attendance and exemplary conduct”.
Media Size: 39.5x29
Poster Type: Offset
Publishing Date: 1961
Editorial Information: Editor M. Iastrzhembskaia
Technical Information on Poster: [Approved] 22 December 1960; Publication No. 1–580; Size 1 large sheet; Order No. 1312; Price 10 kopeks
Glavlit Directory Number: A10410
Catalog Notes: PP 909 Youth
Artist: Berezovskii, Boris Feoktistovich — Березовский, Борис Феоктистович

Boris Berezovskii never received formal artistic education. From 1923 to 1924, he studied under the tutelage of Nikolai Grigoriev in Moscow. In 1949, he began to exhibit his works publicly. Throughout his artistic career, he produced designs for postage stamps as well as posters. The State Museum of Contemporary Russian History in Moscow holds a number of his posters in their collection.

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Printer: 1st Exemplary Typography Workshop named for A. A. Zhdanov, Moscow — 1-я Образцовая типография им. А.А. Жданова

The 1st Exemplary Typography Workshop was named in honor of Andrei Alexandrovich Zhdanov (1896-1948), a Soviet military leader and a senior member of the Politburo who died in 1948. Reportedly, Andrei Zhdanov controlled the atomic espionage division of the USSR and he was Josef Stalin's closest confidant.

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Publisher: IzoGiz (State Publishing House of Fine Art), Moscow — Изогиз (Государственное издательство изобразительного искусства), Москва

The history of IzoGiz begins with the formation of Ogiz, the Association of the State Book and Magazine Publishers. In 1930, the Sovnarkom of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic established Ogiz to centralize publishing under a monopoly in order to eliminate duplication of printed material, to streamline and control publishing production and its output, and to create a base for marketing books, training and technical manuals. In 1931, the Central Committee of the USSR ordered certain publications be separated from Ogiz. The separation principally affected technical manuals and propaganda material issued by the publisher. For example, posters, art magazines and artistic books were placed under Izogiz (Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo), the fine arts section of Ogiz. In 1963, Izogiz was merged with the publishing house, "Soviet Artist" (Sovetskii khudozhnik).

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