I don’t usually post my Russian books on this blog, I’ve tried to limit it to my English collection, but here we go: From 1952, from Prishchepromisdat Publishers, The Book of Tasty and Healthy Meals, or at least that’s how I translated the title. Perhaps a reader will correct my translation. By professor O. P. […]Read more "The Book of Tasty and Healthy Meals"
Here’s volume two, from 1947. I have read in a number of histories of the Soviet Union that this volume was never published. Clearly not true. The implication was that Stalin’s purge of Old Bolsheviks and the consequent rewriting of history was too all-encompassing for even a book written by Stalin himself to keep up. […]Read more "History of the Civil War in the USSR, Volume 2"
This is one of the best know collectible albums made by Soviet publishers. From the Cooperative Publishing Society of Foreign Workers in the USSR, 1937, this is a translation and reformatting of the seminal Stalinist text, of the same name, published in Russian. The Authors of this volume are: M. Gorky, V. Molotov, K. Voroshilov, […]Read more "History of the Civil War in the USSR, Volume 1"
Here’s the second wartime calendar. This one has a very marshal feeling; you’ll see what I mean. Here’s one marshal. The marshals continue. Zhukov’s chest looks naked compared to the official post-war portrait, covered in metal and ribbon. The civil war heroes, Voroshilov and Budyonny, recast to lead the Soviet Army. A very unusual portrait […]Read more "Soviet Calendar 1945"
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 […]Read more "Soviet Calendar 1947"
This is the successor publication to USSR in Construction. They are published from the last known address of the 1949 run of USSR in Construction, 8 Moskvina, Moscow 9. More or less the same dimensions, these have the full colour covers (obviously) and black and white interiors. These are no longer printed with the foggy […]Read more "Soviet Union Magazine"
J.V. Stalin’s 70th Birthday Issue After USSR in Construction was eclipsed by the Great Patriotic War in 1941, it mad a brief reappearance in 1949. Here is one issue from that time, the December issue devoted to Stalin’s 70ieth birthday. This celebration was a big deal across all of eastern Europe, as for many newly […]Read more "USSR in Consrtuction No 12, 1949"
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. […]Read more "USSR in Construction, No 7, 1938"
The ‘Maxim Gorki’ Agitational Air Squadron I read somewhere that this issue of the magazine shipped with some kind of aluminum decoration, I’m unclear on what that means, but there’s no aluminum with my copy. Regardless this is a great cover, very graphic. A nice cut-away diagram. In the centre is People’s Commissar of Defense […]Read more "USSR in Construction, No 1, 1935"
Soviet Food Industry This issue is devoted to a classic Stalinist trope: abundance. The much-repeated theme of socialist cornucopia of overflowing with goods was a standard image during the era of the five year plan. This issue is a survey of abundance brought to the Soviet people by A Mikoyan, who came up under Lenin, […]Read more "USSR in Construction, No 8, 1938"