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RUSSIAN REVOLUTION POSTER: [A BOOK IS NOTHING BUT A MAN SPEAKING IN PUBLIC].
Peterburg [Saint Petersburg]: Gospudarstvennoe Izdatel'stvo - A. F. Marks . 1920 - Lithograph on tan paper (Very Good, blank corners pasted over with similar paper) 64,5 x 47,5 cm (25.4 x 18.7 inches). A rare poster promoting printed propaganda and literacy during the October Revolution, was made by a Russian artist Ivan Simakov. This powerful poster, made during the October revolution in Petrograd (Saint Petersburg), in 1920, advertises the power of the printed word. A large book is presented as an equal to a man, speaking to a large crowd of workers. The poster was a part of a large Bolshevik propaganda campaign to enlarge literacy among the working class in the first years of the Russian Revolution, when only 31,9% of population was literate. The campaign, with a goal of spreading more written propaganda in the next years, started in 1919. Ivan Simakov was a Russian artist, active as a propaganda poster designer during the October revolution. His most famous work is a large political poster titled On the 7th Anniversary of October Victory. Long Live the Unshakeable Iron Union of the Working Class and Peasantry! Adolf Marks Publishing House - The publishing house, which issued this poster, was founded by Adolf Marks (Marx, 1838-1904), born in Stettin (today Szczecin in Poland) as a son of a tower clock maker. He received his education at Hinstorff publishing house in Wismar and in 1859 he moved to Saint-Petersburg on the invitation of the firm Bietepage & Kalugin, to deal with German books. Later he was working as a tutor and German and French correspondent for the Great Russian Railway Company. A decade after his arrival to Russia, Marks founded his own publishing firm in 1869, and a year later he started publishing Niva, the first illustrated weekly magazine and the most popular weekly magazine in pre-Revolutionary Russia. Marks's company also published books on art history, large, illustrated editions of classic prose works, and maps. References: Rudolf Schmidt: Deutsche Buchhändler. Deutsche Buchdrucker. Band 4. Berlin/Eberswalde 1907, S. 658-659.
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