Communist Propaganda of the 20th Century

Communist Propaganda of the 20th Century

propaganda - 'noun', information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view (Compact Oxford Dictionary).

Saturday, November 27, 2010

China Travel: Xi’an

China Travel: Xi’an, edited by China International Travel Service.  Paperback book published by China Travel and Tourism Press 1978.  Text is in English.

A Spinning shop of the No. 4 State Northwest Cotton Mill

Workers, technicians and leading cadres of No. 1 Northwest Printing and Dyeing Mill discuss ways to improve the quality of cotton prints

A shop of the Shaanxi No. 1 Woolen Textile Mill

Xi’an High-Voltage Electrical Insulator Works

Assembly shop of the Xi’an Red Flag Watch Factory

Exhibition room of Xi’an Enamel Ware Factory

Wheat fields on the Guanzhang Plain (detail)

Vegetables for the market

Celebrating a bumper harvest

Xi’an Jiatong University

Political and cultural studies and recreation activities in the communes are carried out in the evenings.  Photo shows the evening political school of the Xiaoxincun Production Brigade in rural Xi’an.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nase Praha

Nase Praha by Miroslav Khol and Bohumil Riha.  Hardocover book published by Panorama Praha 1982.  Text is in Czech with translations (including English) in the back of the book.

Picturesque Zlata ulicka (Golden Lane) in the north-eastern section of the Castle compound was built between Romanesque ramparts and the Late Gothic fortifications in whose walls, with vaulting under the defence corridors, tiny houses were constructed in the 16th century for the Castle archers and goldsmiths.

C. 1320, west of the Castle, the little subject town of Hradcany was founded, later expanded to include Pohorelec and Novy Svet (New World) and from the 16th century built up with palaces of the nobility.  Schwarzenberg, originally Lobkowitz, Palace at Hradcanske namesti (Hradcany Square) is among the oldest and most prominent of Prague Renaissance palaces – built by Ausgustin Vlach from 1545 to 1563.  It is presently  the Military Historical Museum housing a remarkable collection.

The Little Quarter cafe in the house At the Stone Table, built in 1780 by Josef Jager, offers a moment’s respite amidst the hustle and bustle of Malostranske namesti.  In the background is the house At the Splavins and Kaiserstijn Palace.

The Charles Bridge, now closed to vehicles, has become a pleasant pedestrian communication linking the Little Quarter with the Old Town.

From Celetna ulice (Celetna St.) through the Powder Tower we come to the New Town of Prague (Nove Mestro) founded by Charles IV in 1348.  A big city avenue with modern architecture has replaced what was once a polluted moat separating the Old and New Town.  On this street is the palace that houses the State Bank of Czechoslovakia, built by Frantisek Roith in 1938.  Over its entrance is the statuary Genius with Lion by Antonin Popp, taken from an older building that stood here and was built between 1898 and 1901.

Vaclavske namesti (Wencelas Square), originally the Horse Fair, extended from the one-time little bridge in front of Old Town Gall Tower to the former New Town Horse Gate.  Today it is the liveliest thoroughfare and shopping centre in the city.  

The new Prague airport at Ruzyne went into operation at the end of the sixties.

The workers of Prague first celebrated Labour Day on May First, 1890 by the gathering of about 40,000 people on Marksmen’s Isle.  From the year 1948, when the National Front organized the first common celebrations of May Day, Vaclavske namesti (Wencelas Square) for a number of years became the scene of these celebrations.  As late as the beginning of the seventies, when the centre of the city was blocked by equipment for the construction of the underground railway, May Day parades have been transferred to Letna plain.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Jena, Mit Fotos von Herbert Henschel und Guntard Linde Einf├╝hrung von Paul G. Esche und Horst Fiedler.  Hardcover book published by VEB F.A. Brockhaus Verlag Leipzig 1970.  Text is in German with a translation sheet in French and English. (PLEASE NOTE: Some of the captions are possibly incorrect as the English captions numbering seems to not always match the images, I have attempted to correct the errors.)

Pharmaceutical products from the town are to be found on all continents

Optical products, precision instruments and scientific equipment are made in VEB Carl Zeiss  The products of the works are exported to almost all the countries of the world

Optical products, precision instruments and scientific equipment are made in VEB Carl Zeiss  The products of the works are exported to almost all the countries of the world

Installation of a plant for glass production in VEB Schott & Genossen, well known on all continents as a manufacturer of special glass and fireproof glass

In addition to theoretical studies, the training of students includes a lot of practical work

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thirty Years of the Soviet State: Calendar (2)

Thirty Years of the Soviet State: Calendar 1917 XXX 1947.  Harcover book published by Foreign Language Publishing House Moscow 1947.  Text is in English.  
(From the collection of Al Drummond.)

Famous tunnellers and builders of new mines in the Moscow Coal Basin – Alexander Medvedev, Vassili Lastochkin and Stepan Dedov

The Department of Anatomy and Physiology of Plants at the Tbilisi State University.  Students M. Nadiradze and K. Abesadze study transpiration in plants

In besieged Leningrad.  The Bolshevik plant producing armaments for the front, 1942

Zoya Vassilieva of Leningrad, who is a foreman at the Stalingrad Plant, with her daughter.  Vassileva went to Stalingrad to help rebuild the hero-city.  She has been decorated with the Order of Lenin

Harvesting citrus fruit. The Orjonikidze collective farm, Shrama village, Maharadze district

Tractor driver Praskovya Angelina, Deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. and hero of the Socialist Labour, with her daughter


In the Palace of Culture at the Stalin Automobile Plant, Moscow

Library Room of the Palace of Culture at the Stalin Automobile Plant, Moscow

Mother-Heroine Kulbai Tastanbekova of the Kzil-Tu Collective Farm, Alma-Ata Region, Kazakh S.S.R., has raised ten children

Harvesting grapes in the Tiraspol District

Scientific study in the laboratory of Professor of Pharmacology Almi Toomingas, State University in Tartu

Radio class in the physics laboratory of School No. 110, Moscow, 1946

The Fitters’ workshop at a trade school in Moscow

Women tractor drivers of a collective farm

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

(Henan Provence)

(Henan Provence).  All text is Chinese.
Title may be incorrect. I haven’t included captions as they are all in Chinese (I can’t read Chinese).