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58: ANONYMOUS ARTIST. Vacationer! When Going to the...

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Otpusknik! Ty yedesh v derevnyu. - Zapasis' Pamyatkoi Otpusknika - Ne zabud'podgotovit'sya! ... [Vacationer! You Are Going to the Countryside - Get Hold of the Vacationer's Reminder! - Do Not Forget to Prepare!], a poster by an anonymous artist. Published by Priboy Publishing, Leningrad, 1927, 100 x 68.5 cm.

This is not an advertisement for a new tourist guide, but a political poster that brings to light an obscure Soviet propaganda practice of the 1920s, when Communist ideologues saw in each worker's visit to his home village a golden opportunity for proselytizing the most backward segment of the Soviet society. Pamyatka Otpuskniku booklets were, in essence, concise propagandist handbooks, providing the vacationing worker or soldier with answers to the most common political questions he may encounter. They also outlined norms of behavior worthy of a representative a workers collective (and, in a sense, an emissary of the State). T.B. Nazarchuk notes that at one time Pamyatka Otpuskniku was one of the most common propagandist handbooks to be found in a Soviet library; it was outranked only by the Communist's Reminder, and the Communist's Calendar.

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