Tag Archives: Socialism & Communism

1941: Merry Christmas to All Loyal Comrades of the Victorious Soviet!

I couldn’t pass up this Christmas figurine of Santa Claus piloting a WWII-era Soviet Polikarpov I-16, complete with red star markings on the vertical stabilizer. Santa crashes while delivering presents in Siberia. (Actually a Polikarpov I-16 after an emergency landing … Continue reading

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1901: Don’t Know What I Want but I Know How to Get It

The American writer Elbert Hubbard was best know for an essay entitled “A Message to Garcia,” which recounts the daring exploits of an American soldier as he carries a message from President William McKinley to General Calixto García just before … Continue reading

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1917: Meet the New Boss

     “A portrait of Tsar Nicholas II was discovered during the restoration of a full-size painting of the 1917 October Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin. The image was ‘hidden’ for the last 90 years beneath water-soluble paint on the back of … Continue reading

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1937: The Daily Worker

Clive Branson: Selling the “Daily Worker” outside Projectile Engineering Works (1937)

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1883: Educate! Agitate! Organize!

1883 appears to mark the first appearance of this slogan in print—in a pamphlet produced by the Democratic Federation. William Morris was the treasurer or the organization and included it on the cover of a book of songs published two … Continue reading

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1920: Helen Keller Holding a Magnolia

When Helen Keller announced that she had become a socialist, “newspaper columnists who had praised her courage and intelligence before…now called attention to her disabilities.” The editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, for example, opined that her “mistakes sprung out of … Continue reading

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1933: As for Myself, I Calmly Continued to Paint

Diego Rivera writes about the reactions to his murals in the Detroit Institute of Arts: Thoroughly immersed in my labors though I was, I became conscious after a time, that whispers were beginning to circulate through the city concerning certain … Continue reading

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