24th Lithography Workshop of Glavpoligrafizdat, Leningrad
The 24th Lithography Workshop of Glavpoligrafizdat (Main Administration for Matters of Polygraphic Industry Publishing and Book Selling) was located at at Kronverkskaia and Mir Streets in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Historically, the workshop had its roots in Imperial Russia as a large printing operation founded in 1881 by Theodore Kibbel (Fedor Fyodorovich Kibbel'). Shortly after the printer was nationalized by the Soviets, it became the 1st State Lithography Workshop and in 1924, it was named in honor of Mikhail Pavlovich Tomskii (1880-1936), the head of the Soviet trade union and head of the State Publishing House. In the early 1930s, the printer was reorganized as the 24th Lithography Workshop of Ogiz (Association of State Book and Magazine Publishers). Glavpoligrafizdat was instituted as the workshop’s operations manager in 1949 (when Ogiz was dissolved) and, it was subordinate to the Council of Ministries of the USSR, the main executive agency of the nation from 1946 until 1991.
Sources & Citations
Privalov, V. (2021). Ulitsy Petrogradskoi storony: Doma i liudi. Moskva: Tsentropoligraf. (General information on Fedor Fyodorovich Kibbel and the printing house)
Koenker, D. (2005). Republic of labor: Russian printers and Soviet socialism, 1918-1930. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. (PP. 27 to 29, Fedor Kibbel' and history of the printer under nationalization)
citywalls.ru/house7310 (Address at 9 Kronverkskaia Street, St Petersburg)
guides.rusarchives.ru (Glavpoligrafizdat 1949-1953, cited)