Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vintage Vegas 1958 - A Colour Postcard Folder of the Classic Hotels

Before on the blog we have looked at a style of vintage little keepsake postcard packet that unfolds to drop down a long row of connected full colour illustrations. These were quite popular in the mid-20th Century. The idea was that you were supposed to mail the whole packet to yourself or someone you wanted to share memories of your trip with -- you know, long before instant shares via cell phones and even before personal ownership of cameras (remember those) was widespread.

Today we are featuring a packet released in 1958 that showed the "fabulous strip" in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many of the famous hotels are included here such as the Sands and the Stardust. They are surrounded by classic 50s American cars. Note also the billboards for Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra!

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You can see links to all our past vintage photography and postcard posts on our Vintage Photography page. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tim Buck - Fighter for Peace and Socialism 1951

Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

See the end of this post for details on the project.

Leaflet: Tim Buck - Fighter for Peace and Socialism 1951

Published by the Labor-Progressive Party (Communist Party) of Canada in 1951 to honour his 60th birthday, this booklet gives a brief outline of the life and struggles of Tim Buck, the legendary Canadian Communist leader.

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 When The Left Chapter began part of what I wanted to do on the blog was to show and highlight vintage public leftist election/political leaflets and booklets. While many of these have been offered with commentary to date, a very large collection of hundreds of them from several different sources remains and to preserve these often quite rare documents we will be posting them on a regular (almost daily) basis now often without or with minimal commentary so that people may have access to them as quickly as possible as an historical resource. 

While these will all be leaflets from a variety of different leftist viewpoints and countries, they are being posted as an historical/study resource and the views or opinions expressed in them do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or blogger.

All of these posts (as well as posts made to date) will be listed on the page: Vintage Communist/Socialist Leaflets (which is still being updated with past posts).

If you have any public, vintage leaflets or booklets you would like to contribute to this project please contact us via theleftchapter@outlook.com

The Minsk Tractor Plant USSR 1970s Part II - Technology, International Ties and Lives of the Workers


The book we are looking at today is a fascinating promotional hardcover that was published in the USSR in the 1970s to advertise the tractors of the Minsk Tractor Plant. It celebrates the achievements, technology, workers and internationalism of the plant that was the largest of its type in the Soviet Union (it produced 20% of all Soviet tractors) and one of the largest in the world.


They were justly proud of its tractors as well as the fact that it had produced 100,000 of them by 1958 and 1,000,000 of them by 1972.

The tractors were sold or sent as aid around the world and there were many different models. The plant complex was gigantic and a community unto itself with housing, educational, recreational and medical facilities for its workers and their children.

The first of our two parts looked at the plant history, tractor models and technology. This second part continues with the technology of the plant, looks at its international ties (there is a picture of the Soviet tractors at Toronto's CNE!) and then culminates with a section centred on the "Hero-City" of Minsk and the lives, recreation, healthcare and education of the plant workers.

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Soviet Tractors at the Ex!