Tbilisi, 1938. In original full-cloth with gilt lettering and two small photographs (ca. 3.3x3.4cm) mounted on the front cover. Date “7 November 1938” printed on the label and mounted on the front pastedown. Twenty-five vintage prints ca. 9x14.3cm. Minor wear to the edges of the covers, a couple of photos with the loss of tiny fragments at the edges. In a very good condition.
Images by an uknown photographer.
An interesting and rare collection of photographs bringing to life the 21st anniversary celebration of the October Revolution in Tbilisi - a traditional military parade that took place on November 7 and was held in all of the Soviet republics from 1918 onwards (except 1942,1943,1944).
Apparently, the album belonged to Valerian Khatiashvili (1906-1955), a member of the Central Committee of the Georgian SSR who at the time worked as a deputy editor-in-chief of the Komunisti magazine. He was later appointed the role of the Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Republican Olympiad for Artistic Activities.
The collection of 25 vintage photographs offers a vivid documentation of the nationwide festivity held on the Rustaveli avenue. According to the images the 7 November celebrations were divided into three different parts: official ceremonies (such as the military parade), processions, and various forms of entertainment, including sports and festive activities. The photographs show female volleyball players in their costumes (2 photographs), pioneers playing trumpet/drums and girls holding flowers at the background (1 photograph), a Soviet official standing at the tribune and making a speech (1 photograph), a procession of people waving banners/posters and leaded by few men in laz chokhas (1 photograph), a woman holding a gun and standing on a construction carried by men (1 photograph), festive procession of dancers and musicians in national clothes of different Soviet republics, playing trumpet and most likely, zurna (1 photograph), two men holding a poster Steam-Engine and Railway Wagon Repair Stalin Factory demonstrating plan achievement statistics for the past four years (1935-88.7%; 1936-90.7%; 1937-93.1%; 1938-110.6%) (1 photograph), children wearing Georgian national clothes (3 photographs), mounted militsiya (2 photographs), red army soldiers (1 photograph), male Komsomol members wearing Voroshilov Sharpshooter badges and holding guns in their hands (1 photograph), and two buildings with Stalin’s images photographed at night (2 photographs). Other photographs primarily depict parade participants wearing either casual, national or athletic clothes and holding various Communist flags, posters and banners. Overall an interesting documentation of one of the most important events in Georgia in 1938.