[AMATEUR SOVIET PRESS] Rabkormoliia: Sbornik po rabkorovskomu dvizheniiu molodezhi [i.e. Rabkormoliia: Collection on Young Working Correspondents Movement]
Kiev: Izd. gazety ‘Molodoi proletarii’, 1924. Item #1455
96 pp.: ill. 17,5x13 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Tears of spine with small fragments lost, light soiling of covers, narrow blank fragment of upper margin of two first leaves lost, ink signature on front cover (1924), otherwise very good and clean internally.
One of 1000 copies. Extremely rare. The edition was listed in ‘Svodnyi spisok knig, podlezhashchikh iskliucheniiu iz bibliotek i knigotorgovoi seti’ [the Consolidated list of books to be excluded from libraries and book-selling chain] (Pt. II, 1961).
Drawn cover design by an artist with unclear monogram features a creator of any Soviet periodical pressing down capitalists with a nib.
An interesting book compiled on a phenomenon of a rabkor [working correspondent] in general and a rabkormol [working correspondent of youth] in Ukraine in particular.
A working correspondent was any worker from production who wrote to periodicals. They contributed to both large-scale All-Union newspapers and short-lived periodicals of various campaigns. Rabkors were authors of first-hand accounts and thus influenced the Soviet masses a lot. For example, their notes about factories and local crimes against the Soveit ideology were in the interest of prosecutors’ offices. Young male and female workers might have become the most advanced correspondents from enterprises.
The book gathered materials of the Provincial Conference of Working Correspondents and Creators of Wall Newspapers of the Kiev region. It was initiated by young working correspondents who published a periodical ‘Molodoi proletarii’ [Young Proletarian]. One of the agendas of the Conference was to involve rabkormols in the creation of wall newspapers for enterprises. Such amateur periodicals contained the most relevant notes and articles for employees of certain factories and were organized more catchy and understandable for workers’ masses. The book includes articles on how to create wall newspaper and make it demanded among workers.
At the end of the book, three full-page diagrams by artist B. Ognev show topics, percent of materials published and print run increasing for two years of the periodical ‘Molodoi proletarii’.
Not found in Worldcat.