Scrap-Book Album Documenting 1950's East German Exhibitions Celebrating the Stasi
An elaborate scrap-book, consisting of 27 leaves with scores of mounted photographs, broadsides, brochures, advertisements, facsimiles of documents, newspaper headlines and articles, etc., all pertaining to two exhibitions (in 1955 and 1957) celebrating the accomplishments of the Stasi, the East German secret police, in the first decade after the Second World War, some of the material documenting the exhibitions themselves, including views of displays as well as two dramatic posters advertising the exhibitions, and with other material directly relevant to the exhibitions. Oblong large folio. Boards, bolt-bound. N.p., n.d. (East Germany, possibly Berlin; ca. 1957). A fascinating compendium of material associated with little-documented exhibitions. Our expert source states that two exhibitions were held, two years apart. Our source theorizes that an unspecified number of albums such as the present one were assembled and given to high ranking figures in either the Stasi itself or in other branches of the East German government; the present album was acquired indirectly from the family of a former government official.The album contains a significant amount of source material, either in its original form or in facsimile, including both visual material and documents, and there are careful typewritten captions mounted throughout. A possibly unique array of material, important for the study of East German culture of the 1950's. (Inventory #: 47701)
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