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Propaganda flag with portraits of Stalin and Lenin, 1948-1955.

In carmine red silk with gold fringe on one side. Measures approximately 5' x 3.5'. Displays portraits of Stalin and Lenin skillfully hand- embroidered in silk of various tones of brown, beige and gold. The other side has large Soviet national emblem, also nicely executed in silk thread of many colors. The emblem is of 1948-1955 type featuring 16 scrolls representing the number of republics in the Soviet Union (this number would be reduced to 15 in 1955). Embroidered in gold along the top edge is the standard Marxist slogan "Proletarians of the World, Unite!" It is interesting to

In carmine red silk with gold fringe on one side. Measures approximately 5' x 3.5'. Displays portraits of Stalin and Lenin skillfully hand- embroidered in silk of various tones of brown, beige and gold. The other side has large Soviet national emblem, also nicely executed in silk thread of many colors. The emblem is of 1948-1955 type featuring 16 scrolls representing the number of republics in the Soviet Union (this number would be reduced to 15 in 1955). Embroidered in gold along the top edge is the standard Marxist slogan "Proletarians of the World, Unite!" It is interesting to note that the state emblem has the same slogan in just the Russian language on the center scroll, whereas in theory, it is supposed to have the slogan repeated on every scroll in the national language of each respective Soviet republic. This is a simplification often seen of Soviet flags of all periods; what this particular flag lacks in text however is more than compensated by the beautiful shadow effect on the scrolls.

Inconspicuously located in the lower right corner of the fringe side, there is a silk tag with what appears to be an inventory number and possibly a letter code of the organization that received the flag for safekeeping. An uncommon feature of this banner is two extra loops in addition to the usual flagpole loops - the former may have been intended to secure the flag to a rigid rectangular frame rather than just the flagpole. This seems to indicate that the banner was designed to be displayed on a flatback truck or some other moving display at parade.

The flag is in very good condition. There are only occasional tiny snags and minor marks to the silk background but no stains or significant wear of any kind. The colors are unfaded; the embroidery and portraits in particular are extremely well preserved. There is a small tear on the flagpole side where one of the loops is missing; the other three main loops as well as the two small supplemental loops are completely intact and sound.

This flag can create an outstanding background for the collection of Soviet memorabilia.
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