Thursday, September 27, 2012
eBay Score: 1929 Atlas from USSR
But I think this one is especially cool. It's a 1929 world atlas published in Moscow. So it has the Soviet/Russian names of places from that era, in Russian, which will help make them easier to recognize in documents. And they're typeset, which makes it easier for me to read them! (I can read handwritten Russian, but printed is so much better.) But it also has that lovely "Soviet" perspective on the world that you can find only in period documents.
When it arrived in the mail, I opened it up to a random page and found ... California! The scan above shows (starting in the upper left and going clockwise) orange groves in California, picking cotton in Georgia, and an agricultural area in Belgium.
Oh yeah, and when it was new, it cost 4 rubles and 50 kopecks. The price is printed on the back cover.