I visited Chernobyl last year, and now the 30th anniversary of the event has just passed. This is the sign at the city limits – a celebration from the era of the nuclear age. The motifs of the swirling atoms, the hammer and sickle, and the wonders of the industrial age are a little faded now….
In the nearby abandoned town of Pripyat, amazingly well preserved, are faded posters from the mid-1980’s.
Lenin’s oft-quoted exhortation to learn, learn and learn ( or ‘ study, study, study ‘ according to some translators ) rests next to a poster advertising the 1984 Pripyat Komsomol Conference.
Komsomol was the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League – founded in 1918 and dissolved seven years after this poster was designed and printed.
An Agitpunkt was essentially an information dissemination point. They were established from 1919 onwards.
“By means of literature, newspapers, posters, records, films, and the living Party word,agitpunkts were devised to explain to Red Army men and the toiling masses the meaning of the ongoing struggle and the goals and tasks of the Soviet regime; to involve them in the struggle for the triumph of the cause of the Great October Socialist Revolution; and to unite them around the Communist Party. Reports, lectures, discussions, and meetings between voters and candidates for the soviets and for the posts of people’s judge and people’s assessor were held at agitpunkts; consultation offices, expositions, film showings, and amateur theatrical and art activities were organized and wall newspapers were put out by agitpunkts“. ( The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.)