Perisphere Ponderings

by David J. Cope

For a country firmly embedded in the pre-war pacifist camp, the U.S.S.R. pavilion aroused American patriotic sensibilities like no other.

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On the outside of the building eleven large panels represented the eleven Union Republics. Inside were paintings and sculptures by leading Soviet artists, handicrafts, wood carvings, lacquer work, embroidery and hand-woven carpets, and a reproduction of one of Moscow's subway stations.

There were performances by the Red Army Ensemble of Singers, Dancers and Musicians. The restaurant served Soviet wines and foods.

U.S.S.R. Building photo L002 - from the private collection of Dr. William R. Hanson
U.S.S.R. Building photo L002 - from the private
collection of Dr. William R. Hanson

U.S.S.R. Building at night - photo 202
U.S.S.R. Building at night - photo 202
Courtesy of Arie van Dort

USSR Pavilion
USSR - photo MO5 - from the collection taken
by John Ott courtesy of his grandson Michael Ott.

U.S.S.R. Building
U.S.S.R. Building
U.S.S.R. Building
U.S.S.R. Building Photo taken by William H. Beal
and submitted by his grandson, David Knowles.

USSR-Pavilion
USSR - photo MO55 - from the collection taken
by John Ott courtesy of his grandson Michael Ott.

U.S.S.R. Building
USSR - photo courtesy of the New York Public Library
#1681713

U.S.S.R. Building
USSR - photo MO92 - from the collection taken
by John Ott courtesy of his grandson Michael Ott.

Information about the U.S.S.R was pleantiful. Click here to view some of the publications that were available for the public. Link button

At this time I do not have the contents of the booklets, only the covers. All images are courtesy of David Matlow

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