Be as was the Great Lenin. Electors; the people should require from their deputies that they do their tasks to the utmost, that in their work they do not lower themselves to the level of the political peon, that they remain at their posts as political activists of the Leninist type. [Partial translation]

Poster Number: PP 976
Category: Lenin
Poster Notes: The text on this poster comes from a December 1937 speech by Josef Stalin. In the speech he declared, "...people, must demand that their deputies should remain equal to their tasks,... that as public figures they should be as clear and definite as Lenin was, that they should be as fearless in battle and as merciless towards the enemies of the people as Lenin was...".
Media Size: 39x29.5
Poster Type: Lithograph and Offset
Publishing Date: 1938
Editorial Information: Editor Druzhkov, A.; Text editor Strukov, E.
Technical Information on Poster: Approved for publication December 28, 1937; Approved for printing January 8, 1938; IzoGiz No. 9309; Order No. 3285; Standard format 60x94 - Volume 1 sheet of paper; Price 70 kopeks
Glavlit Directory Number: B-85442
Sources & Citation: Pisch, A. (2016). The personality cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929-1953: Archetypes, inventions and fabrications. Canberra: ANU Press.
Catalog Notes: PP 976 Lenin
Artist: Elkin, Vasilii Nikolaevich — Елкин, Василий Николаевич
Printer: Gudok Typography Workshop, Moscow —

This printer was located in Moscow at 7 Stankevich Street. Gudok is the Russian word for whistle and this was also the name given to the railway industry newspaper in the Soviet Union.

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Publisher: Ogiz-IzoGiz, Moscow-Leningrad — Огиз-Изогиз, Москва-Ленинград

Ogiz (Ob"edinenie gosudarstvennykh knizhno-zhurnal'nykh izdatel'stv) is the Association of the State Book and Magazine Publishers. It was established in 1930 by the RSFSR Sovnarkom to centralize all publishing activities in the Soviet Union. Aside from centralization, Ogiz helped eliminate duplication of printed products. Posters, art magazines and artistic books were placed under the Izogiz (Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo) fine arts section of Ogiz. In 1963, Izogiz was re-named Sovetskii khudozhnik, "Soviet Artist".

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