Who made this Sino-Soviet Propaganda Poster?
And, why was it made so early?
By the left armpit, there is a signature:
I believe this says "ВИКТОР ИВАНОВ" which google says translates to "VIKTOR IVANOV". Unfortunately, this is a very common name - wikipedia has dozens of people with this name.
Where did the artist work when this poster was created?
The Why / The When:
Google translate tells me that the bottom: "Да здравствует дружба народов СССР и Китая"
Translates to: "Long live the friendship Peoples of the USSR and China"
Mao didn't proclaim the PRC until October 1949, and the Sino-Soviet Friendship treaty wasn't signed until Feburary 14, 1950. The date on the poster is 1949. One would assume that this poster would not be produced until after the treaty had been signed. Perhaps it was ordered prior to the meetings with Mao? What information is available about the production of this, and other early Sino-Soviet friendship propaganda?
SE user @TonyK did some legwork to provide translation for the text on the poster. I hope it will help someone dig up the answer. TonyK says:
The Cyrillic text reads:
Da zdravstvuyet druzhba narodov SSSR i Kitaya!
meaning "Long live the friendship of the peoples of the USSR and China!"
The Chinese text reads:
Zhōng-sū liǎng guó rénmín yǒuyì wànsuì!
or "Long live the friendship between the two nations China and the Soviet Union!"
Characters 蘇, 國, 誼, 萬, and 歳 are traditional; only character 两 is simplified. (The remaining four characters were not changed in the Great Simplification.)
Edit 2016 December
I had the opportunity to read through Iconography of Power by Vitoria Bonnell. In it, she describes how the purposes of Soviet posters changed from 1917 to 1953; very fascinating. One of her primary sources for Soviet posters was the Russian State Library, which has a collection of over 400,000 posters.
Perhaps someone with basic Russian reading skills can find it in the online catalog? Here's a search that I did in the catalog; but I can't read!