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Mislavskiy, Nikolai

Magnitogorsk. Rare photobook for children.

Magnitogorsk. Rare photobook for children.

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Mislavskiy, Nikolay Magnitogorsk.

[Moscow], Molodaya gvardiya, 1931.
8vo, 31, [1] pp., ill.

In original pictorial wrappers with photomontage.
In good condition, light wear to spine and wrapper edges, small cracks to edges, owner mark to title page.

One of 50 000 copies printed.

This children's photobook narrates the history of the Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Plant while providing an overview of the manufacturing process employed there. Additionally, it features a brief article discussing the challenging everyday lives of American laborers and the prevailing unemployment rate in America.
Magnitogorsk, an industrial city situated in Chelyabinsk Oblast, was established in 1929 and modeled after two of the most advanced steel-producing cities in the United States during that era: Gary and Pittsburgh. From 1931, a significant number of foreign specialists, including a team of architects led by Ernst May, arrived to oversee operations. However, in 1937, foreigners were mandated to leave, and Magnitogorsk was subsequently declared a closed city.
Nikolai Mislavskiy (1903-1974), the author of this photobook, had a background in the Leninist Communist Youth Union and the Institute of Red Professors. He endured two instances of arrest and exile. His books were kept in special storage known as 'spetskhran' in libraries until 1963.

Udarnaya Kniga Sovetskoi Detvori. P. 92.

OCLC locates three copies of this edition: in the University of Chicago, the New York Public Library and te Stanford University Library.

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