[SAUSAGES AND SMOKED MEATS IN THE 1930S SOVIET UNION]
[SAUSAGES AND SMOKED MEATS IN THE 1930S SOVIET UNION]
[SAUSAGES AND SMOKED MEATS IN THE 1930S SOVIET UNION]
[SAUSAGES AND SMOKED MEATS IN THE 1930S SOVIET UNION]
[SAUSAGES AND SMOKED MEATS IN THE 1930S SOVIET UNION]
[SAUSAGES AND SMOKED MEATS IN THE 1930S SOVIET UNION]

[SAUSAGES AND SMOKED MEATS IN THE 1930S SOVIET UNION]

Item #5085



1) Kolbasy i myasokopchenosti: Livernyye i krovyanyye kolbasy [i.e. Sausages and Smoked Meats: Liverwurst and Blood Sausages]. Moscow; Leningrad: Pishchepromizdat, 1936 (Leningrad: tip. im. Volodarskogo). 32 pp.: ill. 15.2x22.9 cm. In original publisher’s leather binding. Slightly rubbed, very light staining throughout. Otherwise in a very good condition. Scarce. First edition. 1 of 3,000 copies.
2) Kolbasy i myasokopchenosti: Zil’tsy i studni [i.e. Sausages and Smoked Meats: Brawns and Aspics]. Moscow; Leningrad: Pishchepromizdat, 1937 (Leningrad: Volodarsky typ.). 32 pp.: ill. 15.4x23.2 cm. In original publisher’s leather binding. Slightly rubbed, staining throughout. Otherwise in a very good condition. Scarce. First edition. 1 of 3,000 copies.
3) Kolbasy i myasokopchenosti: Kopchenyye kolbasy [i.e. Sausages and Smoked Meats: Smoked Sausages]. Moscow; Leningrad: Pishchepromizdat, 1937 (Leningrad: Volodarsky typ.). 68 pp.: ill. 15.3x23.5 cm. In original publisher’s leather binding. Occasionally rubbed and slightly stained. Otherwise in a good condition. Scarce. First edition. 1 of 5,000 copies.
A collection of three albums from the series of sausages and smoked meats printed in the mid-1930s Soviet Union.
From the early-1930s, the Soviet press witnessed the emergence of numerous illustrated albums dedicated to the achievements of the national economy. A special place among these editions was occupied by the theme of food, and in particular, meat, which marked the transition from the 1920s hunger to the developed socialist utopia of symbolic wealth. These types of albums were aimed at propagating the richness of the Soviet food industry and the “victory” of the Communist economy. The issuance of the Sausages and Smoked Meats series proved one of the most valuable contributions to this cause. The albums continue the tradition of the photo books dedicated to the meat industry, kick-started in the 1930s by El Lissitzky with the publication of the two versions of the book Pischevaya industriya [i.e. The Food Industry] and co-designed with his wife, Sophie Küppers.
The collection consists of three albums: Sausages and Smoked Meats: Liverwurst and Blood Sausages, Sausages and Smoked Meats: Brawns and Aspics, and Sausages and Smoked Meats: Smoked Sausages. These richly illustrated albums, which contain mandatory recipes and methods for preparing sausages and meats, were approved by the People’s Commissar of the Food Industry of the USSR for the enterprises of the People’s Commissariat for Food Industry in the 1930s. The editions were intended for the engineering and technical personnel of sausage enterprises and workers of shops selling sausages and smoked meats. All the recipes presented in the albums are original and allow the readers to make sausages and smoked meats identical to those produced in the 1930-s USSR. It is important to note that the recipes are completely natural and do not involve the use of artificial chemical supplements. Especially interesting is to observe how the early Soviet state approached the task of quality control, storage, and display of sausages and smoked meat products.
Textual propaganda is reinforced through numerous color illustrations of sausages (by the Soviet artist V. Loginov) and photographs depicting their production in various highly equipped Soviet factories.
The first album Liverwurst and Blood Sausages contains information on the production of 8 sausages: Egg liverwurst sausage, Boiled liverwurst sausage of the first grade, Smoked liverwurst sausage of the first grade, Rabbit liverwurst sausage of the first grade, Blood sausage of the first grade, Vegan liverwurst sausage of the third grade, Munich liverwurst of the third grade, and Kashnaya of the third grade. Each of the sections includes 1 full-page color illustratration of the specific sausage (overall 6 color illustrations), recipe (with the information on the shell, quality of raw materials, output of finished products, humidity, storage and realization as well as special conditions), and the method of production. The album also includes 2 black and white photographs showing different stages of sausage production and 1 black and white illustration depicting the building of the sausage factory in Dzerzhinsk (Nizhny Novgorod Oblast). The factory, which was established in 1935, exists to the present day.
The second album Brawns and Aspics contains information on the production of 8 sausages: Russian brawn of top grade, Red brawn, French brawn, White brawn of the first grade, Red brawn of the second grade, Grey brawn of the third grade, Aspic of top grade, and Aspic of the first grade. Each of the sections includes 1 full-page color illustratration of the specific sausage (overall 8 color illustrations), recipe (with the information on the shell, quality of raw materials, output of finished products, humidity, storage and realization as well as special conditions), and the method of production. The album also includes 2 black and white photographs showing different stages of sausage production (including transportation) and 1 black and white illustration of the Vinnytsia meat plant (established in 1930 and existing until 2020).
The third album Sausages and Smoked Meats contains information on the production of 20 sausages, including salami special of top grade, Russian salami of top grade, sujuk, Moscow smoked sausage, etc. Each of the sections includes 1 full-page color illustratration of the specific sausage (overall 20 color illustrations), recipe (including information on the shell, quality of raw materials, storage and realization, special conditions, etc.), and the method of production. The album also includes 2 black and white photographs showing different stages of sausage production and 1 black and white illustration depicting the Dnepropetrovsk meat plant.
Overall, an interesting example of the Soviet visual propaganda.

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Price: $1,950.00

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