The Far Eastern Region Similar to the 1938 issue for May and June, 5-6, posted here. Featuring some of the same themes. This issue, however, has a long photo essay on Birobijan. Birobijan is part of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, established by Stalin in 1934, to give Jews from the former Pale of Settlement the […]Read more "USSR in Construction, No 3-4, 1935"
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 […]Read more "1939 World’s Fair Pamphlets"
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.Read more "Socialist Farming"
From 1939, published for the New York World’s Fair. Not part of the box set that is listed in past postings, but a special paperback, sold, I would imagine, at performances made during the world’s fair.Read more "Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble of the USSR"
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, […]Read more "Conquest of the Arctic"
E. Krenkel – Camping at the Pole Radio Operator from the famous Soviet polar visit of 1937. This is the second cover with a little shack with CCCP on the roof. I like the illustration.Read more "Camping at the Pole"
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 […]Read more "Across the North Pole to America"
E. Fyodorov – Scientific Work of our Polar Expedition Another of the Arctic-themed books, also from the 1939 World’s Fair. This one written by Evgenii Fyodorov, 1938 Hero of the Soviet Union.Read more "Scientific Work of our Polar Expedition"
I. Papanin – Soviet Wintering Station on the Drifting Ice Here’s the start of a series of posts about the Soviet Arctic. The Big North means something similar to the Soviet/Russian mind and the Canadian [which I am]. The heyday of the Arctic adventure was in the 1930’s, during the Era of the Plan. Along […]Read more "Soviet Wintering Station on the Drifting Ice"
Palace of Soviets – A. Prokofiev Palaces of Culture and Clubs in the USSR – M. Kuznetsov Two more from the 1939 World’s Fair collection. The Palace of the Soviets, notionally the tallest building in the world, topped with a statue of Lenin bigger than the Statue of Liberty. Stalinist gigantism at its best. Never […]Read more "Palace of Soviets and Palaces of Culture"