Category Archives: USSR

Walt Kelly’s 1952… in 2016

Drawn from the narrative commentary in Ten Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Years With Pogo, Walt Kelly’s assessment of the rhetoric and movements of his time bears striking similarities to America’s present-day sociopolitical cacophony. NINETEEN hundred and fifty, a year that John Gunther … Continue reading

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Capitalism’s “hustle”

Some years ago, a fellow traveler broke down the relationship between the working class and the employing class for me with a rather succinct explanation. “The hustle,” he said, “is that the bosses try to get as much work out of … Continue reading

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The Red Army in Vienna

A friend who recently traveled to Vienna, Austria sent me some photos he took of the city’s monuments to the Red Army. The main monument (depicted in the bottom two photos) is the Heldendenkmal der Roten Armee, which serves as a … Continue reading

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Ephemera as art and history

Here’s a recent acquisition for my collection of interesting ephemera. I scored it from an online seller and although I didn’t know much about it when I purchased the item, I have learned a bit through some research. On the … Continue reading

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