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Karikatura na sluzhbe so︠t︡sialisticheskogo stroitelʹstva : katalog vystavki / vstupitelʹnye statʹi M.Z. Manuilʹskogo i B.M. Nikiforova :: Rare Books Published in Imperial and early Soviet Russia

Fascinating catalogue on the significance of caricature and cartoons to building the socialist project in the eraly USSR, digitised and available for free online!

Karikatura na sluzhbe so︠t︡sialisticheskogo stroitelʹstva : katalog vystavki / vstupitelʹnye statʹi M.Z. Manuilʹskogo i B.M. Nikiforova :: Rare Books Published in Imperial and early Soviet Russia

Images of Peace and Nuclear War

Very interesting article on Soviet attitudes to, and representations of, the USA during the Cold War. This is a central theme in Krokodil during the period 1945-1990, and it was the stimulus for most of the academic and/or popular studies of the magazine, but it's a subject which now seems to be getting the revisions it deserves.

http://russianhistoryblog.org/2011/02/images-of-peace-and-nuclear-war/

Dieselpunk: The Flying Crocodile

The USSR sponsored a squadron of propaganda aircraft which toured the country. Often they visited major cities, but they also visited areas affected by famine in the early 1930s. Some of the aircraft were named after Soviet news publications, and here is the aircraft named after Krokodil.

What I don't know is whether the publications in question actually sponsored the aircraft, but the decoration of this ANT-9 suggests perhaps they did.

Dieselpunk: The Flying Crocodile: "A Tupolev ANT-9 trimotor used in 1930s by the Soviet propaganda squadron. Named after the Krokodil (Crocodile) satyrical magazine, it was p..."



Another page about this aircraft here.