Sunday, October 7, 2007

Communism? Easy!

Lenin and electrification
Shass - Kobelev, 1925

“The economic historian Paul A. David […] noted that while the lightbulb was invented in 1879, it took several decades for electrification to kick in and have a big economic and productivity impact. Why? Because it was not enough just to install electric motors and scrap the old technology -- steam engines. The whole way of doing manufacturing had to be reconfigured”

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman


Another cool poster created after the Civil War was over. It says at the top: “Lenin plus Electrification of the Country”. The footer goes even more radical: “Communism is Power of the Soviets plus Electrification”. In the middle there is a call for Volkhovskaya hydroelectrical station to make the current. Volkhovskaya hydroelectrical station was the first power station build in the Soviet Union. The whole plan of electrical development of the country was called GOELRO (State Elecrificational Commission of Russia) and was considered to pave way for the economical development of the country. It implied not only building of power stations and lines, but also the plants and factories, which could use the power. Later it would be changed by Stalin and become the basis for the Five Year plans. But meanwhile as the country’s main goal was building of communism and the Soviets already took the power, the last obstacle was considered to be the underdevelopment. Hence the slogan: “Communism is Power of the Soviets plus Electrification of the Country”.

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16 comments:

Art Rock said...

You have a very interesting blog - I made a post about it in mine:
http://artrock2006.blogspot.com/

Eduardo Pasaoa said...

This is really an interesting blog that many historians and designers should take note of. Not only does these posters look so graphically appealing, but they are the zeitgeist of Soviet history. Each poster seems to have a deep story of their own. These are an inspirational tool for present graphic designers and illustrators who want to achieve a simple aesthetic yet effectively bold appeal. Well done.

Josh Peterson said...

You have an interesting blog - I made a post about it on mine:
http://getpaidextra.blogspot.com/

neil said...

Great blog. I'll be back for sure!

Cliff said...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XpSNr0y3yTQ

Good Soviet stuff showcased in this YouTube link.

S said...

I have been reading Russian novels at work - the classics. Really good stuff, and the fact that I haven't read that stuff until now really exacerbates my book guilt. What a rich, passionate history full of depth and emotion. I love connecting the visuals presented here with what I read. Even though some may be a hundred or so years apart in creation, they still somehow fit. Lovely.

Yuri said...

Great blog, love these, keep up the good work camarade

Melodieann said...

What a fascinating blog - especially to a student of Russian history. My family originally came from the Ukraine. I'll be back!

Deborah said...

amazing. thank you!

André Barbosa said...

Great! I love it... no comments!

deckhand said...

"Electrification"...like a PC, a wonder. Why should people live without it? If anybody has a chance to see the TVA or the western dams, go for it. Heck, I can remember when TVA was new.

Jerry J. said...

Great posts!

Alexander Zakharov said...

People, thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate your support ;)

Captain Kosmos said...

Privyet!

Amazing posters and an amazing blog. Spasiba bolshoia for this treasure! Please, more AEROSPACE and COSMONAUT posters!

arun said...

all the thinkings and social values of Soviet is in those posters....

arun

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