Moscow: VTsSPS, 1931. Item #783
31 pp.: ill. 14,5x10 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Contemporary colored pencil marks, some ink stains, otherwise very good condition.
First and only edition. Very rare.
Constructivist design for the front cover contains the photograph of construction and attractive letterpress design.
A very curious edition is an example of direct industrialization propaganda aimed at the workers of Magnitostroi. Magnitostroi was one of the largest construction projects in USSR in 1930s, that led to building of Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works and the city Magnitogorsk around it. That construction went down in history as one of the most rushed and mismanaged.
However, the construction was completed by 1932 and one of the factors was the enthusiasm of the working force involved.
This brochure printed in 100000 copies (yet practically unfindable nowadays) was given to the constructors and workers of Magnitostroi in 1931. In consisted of two speeches, one given by Iakov Gugel’, the head of the grandiose project and the speech to Moscow shock-workers calling them to help the new plant. Both speeches are praising the projects, giving the numbers for the job already accomplished, which is all in all a perfect example of industrialization propaganda.
Edition is illustrated with the images of the factory in construction.
Iakov Gugel’ along with two of his successors, the directors of the factory in 1930s was executed in late 1930s as the enemy of the state.
Not in the Worldcat.
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