April 22 is Lenin’s Birthday—how about a
V.I. Lenin (1870-1924)
Sunday, April 22, is Lenin's Birthday. He'd be 142. It is also Earth Day, and it is not a coincidence. It's regrettable that the Communists of the world seem to think that they are champions of preservation of the earth, because in the
Lenin's Subbotnik, cleaning up the Kremlin grounds, 1920
The Soviets celebrated Lenin's Birthday with Subbotniks all over the country. A Subbotnik is usually on a Saturday (Subbota, in Russian) and it's a day when good Soviet citizens are expected to get out and clean up a park or a neighborhood, and they offer their labor for free.
We lived in the
Soviet Union when Leonid Brezhnev was
General Secretary. It was 1981 when we arrived, and 1983 when we left.
The Soviet Union at that time was seedy and threadbare, from Riga to ,
across 11 time zones. It was a country nearly on life support,
struggling to fight a war in Khabarovsk . Afghanistan
We lived in the
Yet, seedy or not, we all knew that the
had a vast array of nuclear
weapons, and they could blow us to kingdom come. USSR
It must have been a subtle thing when, I understand, a group at
started Earth Day, and set the day for April 22. In the Stanford University the big Subbotnik fell on the
Saturday nearest to Lenin’s Birthday. USSR
We celebrated Earth Day in Rockport on Saturday, April 21. I have a healthy lack of respect for communism and all its trappings, but today did seem like a good day for us to get together and do some cleanup in our Millbrook Meadow here in Rockport.
Our winter was remarkably short on snow, but it was cold enough, and here we appreciate Spring far more than people in more temperate climates. And it really felt good to whack and cut tree branches and vines that had all grown together to practically dam up the little brook that runs through our Meadow.
Fourteen of us cut, dragged branches and raked, and made several huge piles, to get our Meadow ready for Spring and Summer, and still more Rockporters from the Garden Club cut and bagged hundreds of pounds of that sneaky, elusive and all-encompassing Japanese Knotweed.
Riley Blanchard at left assists David Cutler and Cameron Smith, at right as they cleared heavy plant growth from Rockport’s Mill Brook on Earth Day, 2012.
Not to change the subject, but here are some books and papers that I offer:
V.O.K.S. Published by the Soviet Union Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, Vol. II No. 4, 1931 by Yoffe, Yakovlev, Semyakin, Mikhailov, Tsypkin, et al. 1931 Moscow, USSR: VOKS, Trubnikovsky Pereulok, 17. 100 pp. 17 x 26 cm. V.O.K.S. (Vsyesoyuznii Obschestvo Kulturniyi Svyazii Zagranitsiy), All-Union Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries was founded in 1925 and widely recognized as Stalin's heavy-handed effort at foreign propaganda. "The Planning of Science"-- how it is done with the new Five-Year Plan, by the new socialist people. The language of the "Dictatorship of the Proletariat" referring to the "shock-brigade troops and the storming detachment of Communist Youth" is so obviously immature, in its attempt to speak to a sophisticated foreign audience, yet satisfy all the propaganda needs of an ignorant bureaucracy at home. "Tecnics of the Future" by Academician A.F. Yoffe. talks of new ideas for harnessing solar energy, and efforts to harness water power (Volkhovstroi, Svirstroi, Dneprostroi). Poem "Industrial 1931" by Vassili Semyakin, a worker in a Moscow Co-operative Candy Factory. "The Fight for the Metal" story by N. Mikhailov, worker at the "Sickle and Hammer" Sheet-rolling Factory produces a fanciful story of the massive effort in the factory to fulfill the Five-Year Plan. Photos and text tell story of return of Maxim Gorki to
in May, 1931. "What is Polytechnical
Education?" by I. Pistrak includes photos of men and women learning on
heavy machines. "Sverdlovia"
Moscow by E. Ukhalov. Photo essay
shows foreign workers in the Communist University ;
Italian woman instructs Uzbek women workers in silk mill. Periodical, heavy cardboard cover loose from
text block, spine worn, edges frayed. Fair. (8126) $85.00. History/Propaganda/Soviet USSR Union
Pettingell-Andrews Co. Lighting Furniture, Catalog No. 5 ca. 1910
Pettingell-Andrews Co., Boston, MA Corner
Pearl St. and Atlantic Ave. Large format catalog
of lighting fixtures, or "lighting
Lighting: H and B Celestialites; Keldon, Trojan, Ace; Duplex-a-lite; X-Ray Eye
Comfort Indirect Lighting; Four-in-one Light; Aglight all glass; Brascolite. 48
pp. 27 x 40 cm. Catalogue, worn, front cover worn, back cover and price list
missing; 15 x 3 cm strip from edge of pp 5-6 detached. Poor. (8119) $60.00.
Canada: Map of the Grand Trunk of Canada and Connections: The Great International Route ca. 1890 Buffalo, NY: Matthews, Northrup & Co., Engrs & Prs. Folded map shows railways from Topeka, KS in SW to Washington DC, detailed trunk all through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, across Quebec and Ontario, to Chicago, Milwaukee and Muskegon, west to Winnipeg, with inset showing routes to British Columbia and California. 1 map 80 x 42 cm. Paper folded map, stamped "From the Office of W.C. Tallman,
Passenger Agent, 280 Washington
many tiny tears in folds, fair. (8118) $38.00. Travel
Arrest of Polish Citizens bu Nazi soldiers, as depicted by children
W Oczach Dzieci: 10 lat Polski Ludowej w rysunkach dzieciecych [Through the Eyes of Children: 10 Years of the Polish People] In Polish. Zagala, Boleslaw; Jackiewiczowa, Elzbieta 1954
Nasza Ksiegarnia Warszawa. Collection of delightful, full-color drawings
by children during the years of World War II when Nazis occupied the country.
Drawings include one labeled Wysadzenie pociagu niemieckiego przez partizantow
polskich [Polish partisans blowing up German train], by Andrzej Wolniewicz, 13.
Ewa Mehl, 7 draws a picture "Daddy
Takes a Walk" shows
prisoners in a concentration camp. Janina Piekarska, 14, drew a picture of Nazi
soldiers arresting Polish people, all shown kneeling. The children
captured the terror and cruelty, and the heroism of liberators, and then
rebuilding the country after the war. This copy has mimeographed summary in
English pasted in front of book, and translation of titles of drawings pasted
in back of book. ~85 pp. 28 x 20.6 cm. Blue-grey cloth on board, front hinge
cracked, text block good, with added sheets containing translations. Good.
(5377) $55.00. World War II/Poland Warszawa, Poland
Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev On the Occasion Of His Visit to the
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