[Sverdlovsk]: Sverdlovskoe oblastnoe gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo, 1950. Item #1609
48 pp.: ill., 1 folding map. 30x45,5 cm. In original illustrated cardboards. Rubbed and bumped, lower outer corner of pages slightly soiled, few scratches on p. 9, tear and creases of folding map, otherwise very good.
First and only edition. One of 2000 copies produced.
Outstanding post-WWII photobook on electrification in a particular Russian region. Pictures were provided by Ia. Kunin, M. Arutiunov, Zh. Berland, I. Shubin, A. Martynov, T. Popov, V. Tishechkin, M. Prosvirnin, V. Kokovikhin, I. Isakov.
Some years earlier, Sverdlovsk became a temporary center of evacuated writers. The turnover of books increased in Sverdlovsk publishing houses. Local enterprises got machinery for fine and complex printmaking. This edition published a huge number of pictures taken at construction sites, factory premises, on streets of settlements. Illustrated charts were also created on various topics.
According to this edition, most power stations on small rivers were built in the region in 1944-1950. Each of them supplied one or two collective farms, as well as several houses – “light dots”. Thanks to those power stations, threshing and grinding of grain, milking were electrified alongside the life of peasants. Light came to 2000 schools, 600 hospitals, 980 clubs and reading rooms. In the late 1940s, 291 thousand light bulbs were installed in dwellings of the Sverdlovsk region and more than 17 thousand radio receivers were hooked up.
The compilers mentioned the Manchazhsky district that existed in 1923-1963. “Russians, Tatars and Maris live there. The Manchazhsky district was the first in the Sverdlovsk region to become an area of continuous electrification. Together with employees of Uralmash [Ural Machinery Building Plant], the collective farmers have built 26 thermal and hydroelectric power stations. Now seven thousand peasant households, schools, clubs, dispensaries receive electricity”. One of the diagrams displays how electrification grew for local clubs and reading huts: for 5 years, the number of places increased from 45 to 980.
The edition promoted results of the campaign for mass education, healthcare and quality of life. A folding map features a number of thermal and hydroelectric power stations in all districts of the Sverdlovsk Region.
Not in Worldcat.
Price: $750.00Status: On Hold