July 24, 2004
Children's books of the early Soviet era
9 years ago
of these illustrations are
for these glimpses into a vanished world.
The emblematic use of red and black as dominant colours linked the children's material closely to the publishing output at large.
Would one of our Russophiles care to expand on this? When I think of Soviet agitprop, I do think of great blocks of red and black. But why? Red for Communism, black for ...? /ig'nant
. I'd assumed it was due to not very sophisticated presses in some European countries. Quite a number of kids books even into the 1940s were still being printed in very limited colour ranges, including black and red -- but it may have been wartime/postwar restrictions which so limited some of the works to which I was exposed in my early years.
Good discussion at last year's
(with more links). Anyone who likes kids' books will want to explore the
International Children's Digital Library
, and anyone interested in Russian books from 80-90 years ago will enjoy MOMA's
The Russian Avant-Garde Book
(I still lust after the catalog).
I hadn't seen that thread. Cheers, languagehat