Kharkiv: Ukrains’kyi Robitnyk, 1930. Item #1117
30,5x22 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Very good, small tears of spines with minor fragments lost, some foxing. Pale Soviet labor union stamps on p. 1 (#6, 7).
One of 5000-8100 copies.
Rare magazine published by All-Ukrainian Council of Trade Unions (VURPS) in the early 1930s. Trade unions significantly influenced the establishment of the economic base of the country in the late 1920s - the early 1930s, arranging huge propaganda among workers. This periodical was a part of their campaign and was dedicated to both industrialization and collectivization in Ukraine.
Its striking constructivist design included various photographs of factory workers on front covers and pages, as well as the internal arrangement of texts, captions and headlines. Back covers featured a list of new books printed for concrete workers, metallurgists, painters, builders, engineers, et al. as well as foreign books about trade unions. Issues contain curious head- and tailpieces: workers, machines (or their parts) that were neatly cut from photographs. Some caricatures by little-known artist Meen were printed as well.
The attention was paid to contemporary industrial enterprises, their interests and problems. Issues comprise projects of separate buildings in the complex of Traktorobud (Tractor Plant), pictures of workers at Kharkiv Steam Locomotive Plant. Issue #6 came out in March and its main topic was women’s labor. Pictures of female shock-workers and a specialized literature list were published on the first pages. Apart from that, there was an example of a worker’s payment form where employee earnings and fines were recorded.
The only issue was found in University of Alberta (Canada).