Russian Children's Books
CHICHAGOVA, GALINA DIMITRIEVNA, AND OLGA DIMITRIEVNA, illustrators.
SMIRNOV, NIKOLAI G. Puteshestvie Charli [Charlie's Travels]. Moscow and Leningrad, Gosizdat, 1924.
4to. 24 pp. Color lithographs. Original color lithographed wrappers. Wrappers and some corners of pages restored, soiled, library and "Provereno"[Checked] stamps.
RARE CONSTRUCTIVIST PRODUCTION BOOK. The Charlie in this case was Charlie Chaplin, then probably the most recognizable person in the world. The films of the Little Tramp were as popular in Soviet Russia as in any other country. This picture book cleverly introduces little children to all kinds of transportation as the comedian travels around the globe. When Social Realism became the official style in the USSR in the early 1930s, all Constructivist books had to be periodically reviewed for political correctness by the censors. On the copyright page is noted that this one was "checked" in 1939, 1947 and 1959.