Moscow: Detgiz, 1959. Item #1601
56 pp.: ill. 29х23 cm. In original illustrated cardboards. Covers rubbed, pages slightly soiled, otherwise very good.
First and only edition. Design by S. Zus’kov. Photographs are provided by Vladimir Kuz’min.
Children’s photomontage book on production of trucks at the Moscow factory called after Likhachev (ZIL). The edition became a good reply to photobooks of the 1930s. By the Great Purge, children’s photo books became films printed on paper and proudly showed documentaries on happy socialist life. In such publications, the leading role belonged to a photographer.
This late-1950s book seems like an animation film and a doll nut leads us through various departments of the factory. The allusion to cinema is maintained because of the lack of margins around photographs.
The history of this factory dates back to 1916 when the Moscow Automobile Society (AMO) was formed. The second birth of the AMO factory was given in 1924. A column of the Soviet lorries crossed the Red Square in November 1924 and the first test run happened the same month. In 1925, the enterprise was renamed the 1st State Automobile Plant named after Stalin. In 1927, I. Likhachev was appointed director. The AMO-F-15 was made with a great diversity of options and American lorries were mainly taken as initial models. In 1956, the factory was renamed after its first director. The main focus of the ZIL remained on trucks.
The edition shows employees and machinery, captions with corresponding arrows explain the process of assembling a truck from parts. The doll nut just walks or goes by factory train going between departments. It gets into a man’s hands only once and immediately joins a truck mechanism.
Not found in Worldcat.