Friday, October 2, 2009

Stalin's waiting

There's something rather eerie about the idea of a holiday in Stalin-era Russia.

Poster from the Boston Public Library Flickr Set here.

Presumably people did, as well as Reuters reporters like Ian Fleming arriving to cover things like the Metro-Vickers' show trial of 1933.

The aircraft, a generic type not uncommon in advertising, looks like a rough approximation of a German Junkers type crossed with a Dutch Fokker. Junkers was one of the aircraft companies the Germans had working in Russia when they were prevented from building them in Germany by the Versailles Treaty. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but I think it was an arrangement both the Russians and Germans later came to regret.

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