1st State Lithography Workshop, Leningrad
The 1st State Lithography Workshop had its roots in Imperial Russia as a large printing house founded in 1881 by Fedor Fyodorovich Kibbel (Theodore Kibbel). Kibbel's shop was at Kronverkskaia and Mir Streets in St. Petersburg. In 1917, the Council of People’s Commissars of Labor nationalized the printing house. In 1918, the government re-named it the 1st State Lithography. Thereafter, it underwent a variety of name changes over the following decades. In 1924, it was re-named in honor of Mikhail Pavlovich Tomskii (1880-1936), head of the trade union and head of the State Publishing House. In the mid-1930s, the workshop became the 24th Lithography Workshop of Ogiz (Association of State Book and Magazine Publishers) and in the 1950s, its name was changed to the Leningrad Offset Printing Plant.