Item #1905 [THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 1930s] Moi opyt stakhanovskoi raboty po kirpichnoi I melkoblochnoy kladke [i.e. My experience of Stakhanov's work on brick and small-block masonry]. I. P Shirkov, the worker-author.
[THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 1930s] Moi opyt stakhanovskoi raboty po kirpichnoi I melkoblochnoy kladke [i.e. My experience of Stakhanov's work on brick and small-block masonry]
[THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 1930s] Moi opyt stakhanovskoi raboty po kirpichnoi I melkoblochnoy kladke [i.e. My experience of Stakhanov's work on brick and small-block masonry]
[THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 1930s] Moi opyt stakhanovskoi raboty po kirpichnoi I melkoblochnoy kladke [i.e. My experience of Stakhanov's work on brick and small-block masonry]
[THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 1930s] Moi opyt stakhanovskoi raboty po kirpichnoi I melkoblochnoy kladke [i.e. My experience of Stakhanov's work on brick and small-block masonry]

[THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 1930s] Moi opyt stakhanovskoi raboty po kirpichnoi I melkoblochnoy kladke [i.e. My experience of Stakhanov's work on brick and small-block masonry]

Moscow; Leningrad: Gosstroiizdat, 1939. Item #1905

48 pp. 20x13 cm. Original printed wrappers. The upper staple is slightly rusty, otherwise in very good condition.

An interesting first-hand account of the optimization of work on construction site written by one of Stakhanov workers (what is underlined next to author’s surname on the title page). Illustrated with the technical drawings as well as the photographs of the workers. Donbas miner Alexei Stakhanov inspired the whole era of workaholism and overfulfillment of standards in the Soviet Union. “On August 30, 1935, in 6 hours of work, an employee of the station “Tsentral’naia-Irmino,” comrade Stakhanov produced 102 tons of coal with a jackhammer.” Although his record was set by an entire brigade, printed matters usually mentioned only his name.
The Stakhanovite Movement was encouraged due to the idea of socialist emulation. It began in the coal industry but later spread to many other industries in the Soviet Union. The movement eventually encountered resistance as the increased productivity led to increased demands on workers.
One of the key ideas of the movement was the constant search in how one could increase its efficiency at the work station. In this case a worker, who is according to the text, was involved in the different construction sites in Moscow, likely a foreman, presents his own complex guidebook on how to work more efficiently and get better results in the same time-period. According to him, his method allowed his brigade of three people on one construction site of 14-story block in Taganka
lay 16 785 bricks in one shift that lasted 6 hours 45 minutes.
The method is broken down in detail in the following chapters: ‘Preparation of the site’, ‘Organization of the front of work and distribution of the workers’, ‘Distribution of the masons’, ‘Organization of the delivering of the material’, ‘The preparation of the work station’, ‘The special features of our brigade’s work’, ‘My method’, ‘The order of work’, ‘The masonry with the complex architectural design’, ‘Work in the winter’ etc.

In some of his reasonings Shirkov is following the thoughts of Alexei Gastev, the founder of The Central Labor Institute (CIT) was established in 1920 for demonstrating and propaganda of principles of the scientific study of labor, whose activities have already been restricted by the end of 1930s and Gastev himself executed in the same year this book came out.

The language of the book is very personable, with comments on psychological aspects of the work. In the chapter ‘The masonry with the complex architectural design’ Shirkov mentions the project of school in Moscow by architect Evgeniy Rygalov, as one of the more challenging works the brigade was undertaking, however this didn’t decrease its enthusiasm or efficiency, according to the author.

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Price: $750.00

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