USSR in Construction, No 7, 1938

Soviet Railways

This issue is dedicated to celebration of Soviet traindom, another ‘progress’ trope of the Leninist and Stalinist eras.

This locomotive’s name is Joseph Stalin.

This is a four-page fold out.  These full-figure photos of Lenin and Stalin fold out to reveal:

five locomotives (two of them named after Stalin) and a heroic railwayman.

Another four-pager, folding out a different way, reveals an infographic showing all the places you’d want to go via the Soviet railways.  This excludes, naturally, the GULAG rail system, where you don’t want to go.

Lazar Kaganovich, in charge of the Soviet rail system, gives a speech to whole bunch of tiny, tiny people.

The Railway administration sponsored sports and physical culture events, including the famous football club ‘Lokomotiv‘.


2 thoughts on “USSR in Construction, No 7, 1938

  1. Thanks for all this putting in web. I love to see all this here. I feel myself in Soviet time. Super Work. Thank you very much

  2. Hey philip,

    First off i’d like to say that i am very impressed with your collection. As a soviet memorabelia enthusiast myself i must admit i’m quite envious of your collection! Luckely, you’re willing to share it with the world. Anyway, i found a beautifully bound version of ‘ussr im bau’ (ussr in construction) in a store in essen, germany. 12 issues, from jan.-dec. 1932. It’s a german version so i don’t know if you’d be interested. They are in very good condition, however – sadly enough- they are bound together whitout the covers, in a red/black fabric cover. If you’re interested in buying them, you can let me know and i’ll see what i can do for you. You can contact me by email.

    Greeting Thomas

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