The Art of Communism #10

2 comments:

Vanwall said...

Say, isn't that the ubiquitous Lei Feng up front? He gets around, that's for sure. ;-)

BCNU

Jay Wood said...

The placard under Mao reads:

"The People's Liberation Army must support the Leftist masses. - Mao Ze Dong"

The books, of course, say "The sayings of Chariman Mao"

The lower inscription reads:

"The Army and the People must unite as one to watch the land for enemies."

This one is the one most like "1984" to me, because everyone is all smiles about rooting out alleged traitors ande destroying every intellectual achievement of China over the previous century. This is prime Cultural Revolution stuff, I would guesstimate sometime between 1966 and 1969.

Also, the Communists all but destroyed the ancient Hanji writing system by making simplified characters. Many of these simplifed characters look identical to simplifications of other, unrelated characters, causing much confusion among semi-literates, and even among educated people over there.

All the characters in this poster are simplified ones except for three - "Mao Ze Dong".