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, December 25, 2010

Nase Praha (2)

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


The main multi-storeyed building of the new Czechoslovak Television Centre in Prague-Pankrac at Kavci Hory (Jackdaw Hills).

The Klement Gottwald Bridge, built between 1966 and 1972 of prestressed cement, spanning the Nusle Valley from the Nusle district proper and Pankrac district to the New Town Church of St. Charlemagne, not only serves vehicular traffic with its north-south motorway, but also the trains of Prague’s Metro.

The modern housing estate, which sprang up on the borderline between Kacterov and Krc districts along Budejovicka triad (Budejovice Ave.) overlooks the Michle and Kunratice forests.

The Hotel Olympik in Karlin, on the edge of the experimental housing site Invalidovna, completed in 1974, forms a new dominant over Karlin valley.

The ever-expanding city has approached the picturesque valley of Divoka Sarka by the high-rise building of the Research Institute of Mathematical Machines in Vokovice, from 1970.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Pyongyang.  Hardcover book published by Foreign Languages Publishing House Pyongyang, DPRK 1980.  Text is in English.

The respected and beloved leader President Kim Il Sung answering the enthusiastic cheers of the people.

Friday, December 17, 2010

China Tames Her Deserts: A Photographic Record.

China Tames Her Deserts: A Photographic Record.  Paperback book published by Science Press 1977.  Text is in Chinese and English.

Active dunes

Petroleum exploitation in a gravel desert.

Scientists, together with the poor lower-middle peasants, sum up the people's rich experience in fighting the encroaching desert.
A bumper harvest in sight, thanks to the integrated sand-control measures in the oasis, on the piedmont plain of the Whispering Sand Mountain, Tunhuang county.

Large areas of shifting sand have been brought under control by the construction of checkerboard protection in the south-eastern part of the Tengri Desert, where the Paotow-lanchow railway passes through.

Water provides an important means for reclamation of desert land and construction of new oases.  Melting water from ice and snow in the Tienshan is led through the Manas trunk canal on the piedmont plain on the northern slope of the Tienshan to irrigate oases of the Kurbantungut Desert.

Canals paved with precast concrete slabs also effectively stop seepage in the new oasis in the southern part of Kurbantungut Desert.

Where surface water is relatively abundant, water from reservoirs or rivers is used, through elaborate hydraulics device, by using the force of gravity to level the dunes and to build the new fields.

A combination of irrigation works, land levelling, soil preservation and planting of shelterbelts checks the shifting sands and establishes new oasis in the southwestern part of the Taklamakan Desert.

New cotton field in the western part of Kurbantungut Desert.

Another rich crop of melons

Food crops reach the threshing floor

Apple grove in the south-western part of the Taklamakan Desert.
Ancient deserts begin to bloom again.  This is another facet of the flourishing and vigorous life in our great socialist motherland.  Aerial view of a new oasis on the southern edge of the Kurbantungut Desert.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Belgrade: Pictorial-Guide

Belgrade: Pictorial-Guide, edited by Ljubica Trajkovoc.  Hardcover book published by Turisticka Stampa no date.  Text is in English.

The few old buildings of historical value that have survived the havoc wrought by past wars are maintained with great care today. But all the other remains of the old Belgrade, the shabby small houses that recall the past hardships and sufferings of its people, are now being pulled down to make way for new modern buildings. 

The crossroads by the People’s Assembly and Main Post Office buildings.

Behind the Assembly is the Main Post Office. In the foreground the building of the Central Committee of the League of Yugoslav Communists and the Editorial Offices of the newspaper “Borba”. 

Mose Pijade Street with its newly-built blocks of marble-faced buildings. In the rear lies the centre of the town and beyond — Kalemegdan, Ratno ostrvo (War Island) and the Danube.

Terazije, the centre of Belgrade.  In the bottom, right-hand corner, the Hotel Moskva, built in 1906.

The “Albanija” building ends Terazije and divides Knez Mihajlova and Korlarceva Streets.

The beginning of Knez Mihajlova, one of the city’s main shopping streets.

Hotel Slavija.

Bulevar Revolucije, with the Hotel Metropol in the foreground.

Striking lines of modern flats at Zvezdara.

New apartment houses at Zvezdara.

Across the river, Novi Beograd is rising, with its slim towers and wide avenues.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Jena (2)

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.)

 On the outskirts of the town in the north

The murals in the renovated Plenary Room of the Town Hall illustrate examples of our socialist reconstruction and laud the town of Jena, home of Zeiss

 The modern Zeiss skyscraper dominates Jena at night as well

The “Lobdeburgklause” offers a good view of Neu-Lobeda and the landscape of the Saale Valley

The Village of Lichtenhain

Tall buildings dominate the silhouette of the new quarter in the north of the town

Shopping in the new but no longer strange residential area


Over the roofs of Zw├Ątzen. New institute buildings have been erected in recent years

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thirty Years of the Soviet State: Calendar (3)

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


Generalissimo J.V. Stalin

Generalissimo of the Soviet Union J.V. Stalin

J.V. Stalin at the Sixth Congress of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party (Bolsheviks)

J.V. Stalin

J.V. Stalin

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.