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Soviet Union (former Nation)
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Leniniana Collection

  • F 2008.005
  • Collection
  • 1917-2003; predominant 1980-1990

The collection consists of more than 800 items featuring the image of Vladimir Ilych Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union. There is a variety of media, including paper, textile, bronze, alloy, gold, clay, wood, porcelain, stone as well as books, posters, postcards, and 35mm black and white film. The collection was assembled between 1989 and 2003 in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Vilnius and Kaliningrad. The items in the collection have been arranged in the following series: Documentary Films, Posters, Postcards, Books and Periodicals, Records, Pins, Bookplates, Paintings, Rugs and Embroidery, Postage Stamps, Notes, Coins and Commemorative Medals, Sculptures, Reliefs, Flags.

Notes, Coins and Commemorative Medals series

Series consists of paper and metal currency, and medals. One of the notes belongs to the 1924 redenomination of the Soviet ruble, the rest are from the 1961 redenomination.

Pins series

Series consists of lapel pins, many used to designate membership in a club like the Little Octoberists or Young Pioneers. Many are duplicates.

red and white stamp folder

Red and white cardboard folder, the cover of which bears the image of Lenin and a stamp-shaped title area. Inside, the spine is reinforced with fabric, and the inside of the covers have plastic strips to hold postage stamps in place. The folder contains 15 Soviet postage stamps, mainly depicting Lenin in their imagery. Some stamps are Madagascan, Afghan, Soviet, Kampuchean and Ethiopian.

Kiev-4

Item is a 35 mm rangefinder camera with a smaller and more sensitive exposure meter than the Kiev-3 and 3A. This was an imitation of the CONTAX II, it was built after the original tools had been removed from the Zeiss factory at Jena. The lens is a Jupiter-8M, f=2/50mm.

Kiev

Ephemera series

Series consists of sculptures and reliefs of Lenin, as well as a piece of marble from Lenin's mausoleum. Media include metal, wood, bronze, plaster, stone, plastic, glass, porcelain, and clay.

Flags series

Series consists of flags and banners, very similar in style, often awarded in competition and sometimes titled a flag.

Postage Stamps series

Series consists of several collections of postage stamps, usually held in albums or envelopes with stamps printed on them.

Zenit-E

Item is a 35 mm cameras with 1/30 - 1/500 shutter speeds and a Helios 44 mm f2 lens. The camera has an uncoupled selenium meter and a match-needle on top housing. The match-needle was a system of exposure metering commonly used in the 1960's and 1970's. The system used small needles (similar to small watch hands) that lined up to indicate the level of exposure.

Zorki - 4

Item is a 35 mm camera with Cyrillic letters that resemble "Zopkuu" in Roman characters. The camera is attached to the leather case by a screw in the bottom. Zorki cameras are copies of Leica and other well-known 35 mm brands and particular model of Zorki features a self timer, an Industar-50 f3.5/50 mm lens, and a focal-plane shutter 1-1000. The Zorki - 4 is the most common Zorki, with more than 1.7 million made.

Paintings, Rugs and Embroidery

Series comprises paintings of Lenin on canvas or on wood, woven rugs, sashes and various needlework with Lenin as the subject.

Posters series

Series is made up of large and small posters, all featuring rallying slogans for the Soviet Party, with such slogans as We Must Try to Raise the Party is Authority Higher, Higher and Higher,The Party Intellect, Glory and Conscience of Our Epoch, Listening to You Comrade. Most are illustrated with the face of Vladimir Illych Lenin. There is also a selection of citations issued by the Soviet Party and presented to individuals in honour of their work or military performance.

envelopes with illustrations and comemorative postage stamps

various envelopes bearing illustratioins and Russian text, most including postage stamp and cancellation stamp. The cancellation stamps' designs honour congresses of the CPSU and anniversaries The envelops are not addressed. Some Ukrainian is written on an envelope in addition to Russian. It is a Ukrainian Communist Party Congress envelope.

Audio Discs

Series consists of audio recordings. The content of the recordings varies, from the National Hymn of the Union of Soviet Socialistic Republic International performed by the choir and orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, to the poem "Portrait of V.I.Lenin" by V. Mayakovski, narrated by Mikhail Astangov, to "Children's Favourite Songs" by various authors and singers.

Zenit EM

Item is a 35 mm single lens reflex camera with an uncoupled selenium meter and automatic diaphragm. This camera features a Petri f1.8/55 mm lens made in Japan.

Scultpures and Reliefs series

Series consists of sculptures and reliefs of Lenin, as well as a piece of marble from Lenin's mausoleum. Media include metal, wood, bronze, plaster, stone, plastic, glass, porcelain, and clay.