Moscow: Tipografiya Put’ Oktyabrya, 1931-1933. Item #1561
#1 of 1932. 24 pp.: ill. 17.3x25.4 cm. In original publisher’s constructivist wrappers. Soviet library book stamp on the pp.1, 24., inventory numbers on the wrappers. Otherwise near fine.
Extremely scarce. 1 of 3,000 copies. A rare issue of the periodical organ of the All-Russian Society of the Blind (vos).
The October Revolution marked the beginning of a radical reconstruction of the life of the blind, giving them the right to work, education, health care, social security, etc.
In February 1923, the All-Russian Cooperative Association of Disabled People formed an initiative group to establish an All Russian Society of the Blind (VOS). The group included famous public figures, blinded soldiers, workers, students, etc.: political instructor of the Moscow children’s home for the blind Boris Mavromati (chairman), lawyer I. Popov, engineer L. Galperson, former Latvian shooter J. Lepin, etc. In 1925, the initiative group adopted the Charter of the VOS, according to which the organization was called upon to improve living conditions and develop jobs for the blind (At the time, there were 472,000 registered blind in Russia alone, 90 percent of whom were deprived of the opportunity to work).
The VOS started its official activity in 1925 and from the first days of its existence, the society concentrated on the elimination of illiteracy (through workshops), labor arrangement (artel Mineral - corporation of disabled people), cultural education, etc., of the blind. Important role in the propagation of the rights of the visually impaired was played by the periodical organ of the Society V nogu so zryachimi [i.e. Keeping up with the Sighted], the first issue of which came out in 1931. Although the magazine existed only for three years and was shut down in 1933 due to financial difficulties, V nogu so zryachimi represents an extremely rare example of the Soviet periodical for the blind (another magazine for the blind was Zhizn Slephikh 1924-1969 (in 1969 transformed into Nasha Zhizn [i.e. Our Life]).
Printed in January 1932, this issue of the Soviet magazine for the blind came out under the editorship of Ya. Lepin. The periodical includes articles by M. Zhdanovich, V. Ganderi, I. Popov, Empin, D. Dobrzhinsky, F. Shoev, etc., and opens with an introductory letter defining the primary goal of the All-Russian Society of the Blind: To provide the country with thousands of necessary workers, production commanders, hundreds of teachers, etc. This issue of the monthly political and literary illustrated magazine features articles that narrate the stories from the life of the visually impaired (namely, their experience at different workplaces) and shed light on the successful labor arrangement for the blind. Compiled by blind authors, the literary section of the magazine introduces short stories and poems dedicated to the VOS and the blind. The issue also includes an article on the miserable life of the visually impaired in ‘the country of the billionaires’ - the United States. The magazine features numerous black and white illustrations showing blind workers comrades Tsetskhladze and Kirakozov, blind at study with the sighted in the Pokrovsky workers’ faculty, an interesting collage with the inscription We are turning NEP Russia into socialist Russia, and two photographs from the life of the American blind with the following inscriptions: The more powerless the proletariat is, more severe is the oppression of the blind; and Blind American don’t dream about work.
Overall, an interesting example of the rare Soviet magazine for the blind.
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