Khabarovsk: Dal’kraisoiuz, 1930. Item #1520
87x63 cm. Backed, few tears have been restored, otherwise near fine.
One of 2000 copies.
An impressive photomontage poster and a good example of an early Soviet posters issued for Far East enterprise staff. It was produced for employees of the Dal’kraisoiuz egg warehouses. Between 1925 and 1938, this organization included cooperative unions in the Far East – in Khabarovsk and beyond. The poster was created by an unknown female artist with the monogram “A.A. Ch-na”.
The constructivist title is placed to the left and combines various type designs. Fourteen photographs of workers and equipment communicate visual instructions on how to behave and how not to behave when working with eggs. While receiving new supplies, warehouse employees had to test the eggs. For example, they would sniff each egg discarding any that were rotten. They would lightly tap the eggs to find any defective ones. The various stages of storage and transportation were also depicted. Some photographs show how to store eggs and pack them into boxes. At the center of the poster are three images warning against carrying eggs in long boxes that are less stable and safe even if two workers were involved. Though mostly black-and-white, the poster features high-quality colored images of eggs without shells. They depict three categories of egg graded by size and showing every possible defect.