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1st Exemplary Typography Workshop named for A. A. Zhdanov, Moscow

After World War II, the 1st Exemplary Typography Workshop was named in honor of Andrei Alexandrovich Zhdanov (1896-1948), a deceased Soviet political leader. During the post-war period, three different printing trusts managed the 1st Exemplary: Glavpoligrafprom (Main Directorate of the Printing Industry), Glavpoligrafizdat (Main Administration for Matters of Polygraphic Industry Publishing and Book Selling--created in 1949) and Soiuzpoligrafprom (All-Union Association of Printing Enterprises).

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After World War II, the 1st Exemplary Typography Workshop was named in honor of Andrei Alexandrovich Zhdanov (1896-1948), a deceased Soviet political leader. During the post-war period, three different printing trusts managed the 1st Exemplary: Glavpoligrafprom (Main Directorate of the Printing Industry), Glavpoligrafizdat (Main Administration for Matters of Polygraphic Industry Publishing and Book Selling--created in 1949) and Soiuzpoligrafprom (All-Union Association of Printing Enterprises).

Historically, the 1st Exemplary Typography Workshop began as the Sharapov-Sytin Partnerhip before the Russian Revolution. Ivan Dmitrievich Sytin (1851-1934) was the son of a peasant. He opened a small print shop in Moscow using a single press and by the start of the 20th century; Sytin's printing business (at Valovaia and Piatnitskaia streets) was the largest private printing company in tsarist Russia. Around 1918, when the Bolsheviks commandeered the Royal Print Yard, they nationalized Sytin's printing business.

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Sources & Citations

Millar, J. R. (2004). Encyclopedia of Russian history. New York: Macmillan Reference.
Ruud, C. A. (1990). Russian entrepreneur: Publisher Ivan Sytin of Moscow, 1851-1934. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.