#1-16, 17/18, 19-43, 44/45, 46-52 for 1929. Overall 50 issues. Moscow, 1929. 30,5x22,5 cm. In contemporary binding with front cover of #1 mounted above; the rest of original illustrated covers preserved. In general, very good. Rubbed, fragments of edges of mounted front cover lost, p. 7-10 (#24) detached from block, #37 detached from block and its covers detached (with tears of edges); small stains, tears of lower edges and foxing occasionally.
Issues of a supplement ‘Novosti sporta’ are loosely inserted to magazine’s issues #23, 28, 29.
Very rare and early year set of the mass magazine covered Soviet sports activities. It has been published since 1928, with a pause during World War II. After ‘Izvestiia fizicheskoi kul’tury’ was closed, ‘Fizkul’tura i sport’ became the main periodical that was entirely dedicated to various kinds of the sport until the 1950s. Then periodicals covering more specific subjects began publication, including magazines ‘Legkaia atletika’, ‘Sportivnye igry’, ‘Fizicheskaia kul’tura v shkole’, etc.
It primarily demonstrated moments of competitions and matches, sports chronicle worldwide, recorded successes of athletes and workers’ collectives in different physical activities. Important publications were the introduction of any foreign kind of sports that weren’t common in Russia and the USSR. Thus, 1929 issues included articles about American football (#23), field hockey (#15), golf (#19), badminton (#42), bowling (#28), curling (#49) and so on. Tennis was more or less known to Soviet people and the whole issue #25 was devoted to this racket sport. Wheel gymnastics was gaining popularity in the Soviet Union as on-land exercises for pilots (#22).
Issues show photographs and photomontages of skiers, football players, runners, cyclists, jumpers, swimmers, figure skaters, et al., as well as pictures of record-breakers or initiators of new occupations. The magazine often published notes about interesting flights by airplanes, stunts on motorcycles or bicycles. Also, travel notes from an expedition to Pamir and about kayaking on the Dnieper River and the Black Sea were printed in several issues.
An important part of Soviet physical culture was mass exercises broadcasted through radio. It became an iconic way of national fit-keeping. Issue #6 comprises a photomontage and description of how such a record was done in the 1920s.
Back covers showcase advertisements of sports movies and printed matters on related topics.
According to Worldcat, these issues aren’t located in the USA.
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