Rise of People's Culture in the USSR, propaganda poster printed on cardboard, 1939.
Rise of People's Culture in the USSR, propaganda poster printed on cardboard, 1939. Documents not only the rise of cultural opportunities in the USSR but also the increase in the level of state spending on health care and education between 1932 and 1937.
13 1/2" x 19 1/4". The chart on the left shows the increase in the printing of newspapers and books compared to the pre-WW1 level. The chart on the right, the increase in the number of theaters and cinemas compared with pre-WW1 level. The numbers at the bottom, center show the increase in the level of state spending on health care and education between 1932 and 1937. The statistics printed on the right panel are superimposed upon a drawing of the Red Army Theater, Moscow , a star shaped amphitheater and one of the biggest stages in the world at the time it was built. This is poster #15 from the History of VKP(b), Issue XII series. Excellent condition. Two perforations pre-punched for displaying on the wall.
Much time and effort went into creating the poster. The sheet with the bulk of the text on it was first printed and then dry mounted onto cardboard (to give it strength) and then the color image of the citizens sitting in box seats and enjoying a concert or the ballet was tipped onto the center!
As a footnote: the star shaped Red Army Theater was so soundly constructed that pre-war productions could involve full-sized tanks being driven across the stage!