Some of these are on the blog already, but I though I’d put them all up, because they’re so beautiful, and because I was asked about them. So, all 54 of these pamphlets were written by Soviet leading lights in their respective fields, and beautifully, beautifully designed. Most of the books, along with the box they came in, were sold to me by one book seller, with another two or three I found on ABEbooks. I don’t have them all, and know of at least one that’s missing, ‘Crime Recedes in the USSR’ by A. Y. Vyshinsky (!).
Harvey, who contacted me through this blog, and who also has a collection of these books as well as other printed matter from the fair, wrote this:
Here is a youtube video of footage from the fair, featuring a montage of the Soviet Pavillion:
I also found this book in San Francisco, it was also distributed at the fair, but was not a part of the set of small pamphlets.
Harvey also forwarded me the great covers of these pamphlets from the Soviet Pavilion at this fair:
Art From the Hands of Soviet Peasant Craftsmen. Pavilion of the Soviet Union New York World’s Fair 1939. A large 12 page illustrated booklet describing the the peasant handicraft industry in the Soviet Union along with a catalog of the items available for sale at the fair.
Soviet Russia Today. Lavishly illustrated with color and black & white photos, this 78 page booklet describes the USSR pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair along with many articles and facts about the Soviet Union. A color photograph of the Soviet Pavilion adorns the cover.
Union of Soviet Socialists Republics. A two-color 12 page stapled booklet describing the Soviet pavilion in great detail including floor plans. Meant to be used as a guide while visiting their exhibits.
The large collection of pamphlets I own, images below, came in a cardboard box, which looks like this:
Written in pencil (twice) on the label is ’47 ok’ and the name ‘Walter Criclin’ I think, I guess Walt had only 47 of these pamphlets. The box was not printed in the USSR, the little sigil at the bottom indicates that is was made with American union labour.
These images are thumbnails, click on them to see the image full size!
PS Harvey has added these five books I do not have to the collection. Along with ‘Crime recedes in the USSR’ mentioned above, we now think there are 60 pamphlets to this collection. (the ‘Food Industry’ pamphlet was written by V.M. Molotov’s wife, who was famously arrested and sent to a camp all while her husband was still in office as Stalin’s foreign minister.)