From 1944 t0 1947 the Foreign Language Publishing House put out English language ‘page-a-day’ calendars. The first of these really functioned as a tear away calendar, with pages meant to be removed each day, to reveal another act of heroism by the Soviet Army or a significant date in the Soviet year, Stalin’s birthday, or the anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution.
This is the last ‘calendar’ bound like a book. 365 pages of high Stalinism.
I first saw this book in the library of Concordia University. The tipped-in rotogravure prints of Stalin and Lenin had been torn out and otherwise vandalized, but it was one of the first tastes I had of this type of book, and the acquisitive fetish began to stir.