In 1966 the Italian photographer Caio Garruba photographed 40 posters from the Lenin Library in Moscow. They were created between the years 1917 and 1929 and spanned a dozen years of revolution, economic turmoil and unrest in Russia. Many were designed by renowned Russian artists like El Lissitzky and Alexander Rodchenko.
Facsimiles were created from the photographs and sold in portfolios by Grove Press in 1967. The set is accompanied by a booklet that translates the wording on the posters and identifies the artists. It is fascinating to browse through the posters and see the different styles of artwork and to be able to understand what they are communicating. One of my favorites is this Rodchenko poster, which was one of the first to use the technique of photomontage and calls for "Books Please - in all branches of knowledge."
If you are interested in viewing this set, call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to arrange a visit.
Patricia DeFrain, Rare Books Librarian