I found this poster at the Holt Labor Library’s May Day website, which includes lots of links on International Workers’ Day. You can also find a larger version of this image there.
I find this poster very interesting. Do you know anything about the graphic artist? It reminds me of a Xmas Witch sketched by Constance Penstone who is also known as the cartoonist Scalpel. The Xmas Witch appeared in The Owl, a Penstone paper and must have run around the turn of the 19/20th century. Penstone worked in Britain, New York, Australia and South Africa. She is remembered for her art these days.
Unfortunately, I know nothing about it. I just liked it. It reminds me of Jugendstil, something prior to the USSR. I thought that tsarist Russia was pretty restrictive for labor activism, so I’m somewhat at a loss. Maybe the poster was illegal. Or maybe it appeared at a time of flux, say ca. 1905/1906.
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