The Red Plowman. Languishing in slavery, Red Plowman, You were ruled by the tsars, But you overthrow them with your powerful arms And ventured into the field before dawn. Applying yourself with powerful arms And, where you poured out your blood, Where slavery reigned for centuries, You plow the unbroken virgin soil. [Partial translation]

Poster Number: PP 928
Category: Civil War
Poster Notes: Verse on this poster was written by Feodor Miron who wrote under the pseudonym "Uncle Miron". Miron's text is seen on other Bolshevik posters of this period.
Media Size: 31.5x21.5
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1920
Sources & Citation: Soviet Posters of the era of the Civil War 1918-1921 by B. S. Butnik-Siverskii (1960), page 451, poster 2965
Catalog Notes: PP 928 Civil War b; Sister Poster PP 382
Artist: M.A. — М.А.
Printer: EZGB (State Paper Procurement Expedition) — ЭЗГБ (Экспедиция заготовления государственных бумаг)

EZGB (Ekspeditsiia Zagotovleniia Gosudarstvennykh Bumag) was the State Paper Procurement Expedition A.K.A. Department of State Currency. It handled printing of currency and securities for the Imperial Government. EZGB traces its history to 1818 when the State Paper Procurement Expedition was organized by Decree of Emperor Alexander I. In 1919, EZGB was nationalized by the Soviets and transferred to the People's Commissariat of Finance where it was re-named the General Directorate for the Production of State Marks (Goznak).

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Publisher: State Publishing House, Moscow — Государственное издательство, Москва

In May 1919, the All-Russian Central Executive Committee created the State Publishing House of the RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic), Moscow. The State Publishing House had its origins in Imperial Russia as the Royal Print Yard in St. Petersburg. As the Red Army controlled more provinces and cities in former Imperial Russia, the State Publishing House developed offices outside St. Petersburg. The State Publishing House, Moscow is sometimes cited in historical references as the "State Publishing House, RSFSR" signifying its location in the Russian Republic.

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