1939 World’s Fair Pamphlets

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 […]

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Socialist Farming

K. Borin – Socialist Farming Another of the 1939 World’s Fair pamphlets.  The author is listed as “Combine Operator, Member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, Order of Lenin.”  The pamphlet is here because the cover is beautiful, done on a two colour press, great design.

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Conquest of the Arctic

Otto Schmidt – Conquest of the Arctic A little book by one of the best loved Stalin-era celebrities.  Academician Schmidt was a scientist and polar explorer, but mostly he was the ‘scientific’ star in Stalin’s firmament.  Stood on the mausoleum with the rest of them, but miraculously survived until 1956.  And never grew a moustache, […]

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Across the North Pole to America

M. Gromov – Across the North Pole to America As he flew over my part of the world (Vancouver): “The Canadian tundra appeared.  The sky cleared.  Unknown land stretched beneath us: numberless lakes of varying size and shape, bogs, rivers, and scrub, gradually passing into forest.  This monotonous landscape stretched as far as the Rocky […]

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