The Kolkhoz and Soviet Youth at Work and Play

The Kolkhoz – F. Klimenko

This is part of a series of beautiful pamphlets published for the Soviet pavillion at the 1939 world’s fair in New York.  These were sold as a collection and packaged in a natty cardboard box by the American distributer.  My collection of this series is almost complete, I’m missing two, as far as I know.  There are many beatiful pamphlets in this collection and I’ll be posting more as time goes on.

A kolkzok is a collective farm; the forced collectivization of the countryside was violent and traumatic, and resulted in a famine that killed millions.  But the design of this cover sure is beautiful.

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Soviet Youth at Work and Play – S. Sobolev

Another great image, so optomistic.  The scientist, the peasant and the worker walking together into the future.

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