Official Soviet Navy PhotoGazette news broadsheet, issue #17, dated August, 1942.
Official Soviet Navy PhotoGazette news broadsheet, issue #17, dated August, 1942. This issue focuses exclusively on the cruiser Krasniy Krim (Red Crimea).
21 3/4" x 28 3/8 ". Very good to excellent condition. There are a few holes down the left hand side where the poster was probably bound together with others in the series - the holes are small and do not detract. There is a very minor tear, no more than a fingernail size section of missing paper and very minor staining at one point on the bottom margin. The poster has been shrink wrapped on to what appears to be an acid free cardboard backing; when we ship it, we will send it rolled in one of our heavy duty cardboard tubes.
The ship was laid down in 1913 or 1914 but it was not until well after the Russian Civil War that she was completed (1926). Designated a Guards ship in June of 1942 (hence the Order of Glory ribbon wending its way across the sheet!), she survived the war. In 1954 she was designated as a training ship and subsequently scrapped in 1959. The fact that the vessel had been designated a Guards ship less than two months before issue #17 appeared could only have been perceived as an incredible honor by the ship's officers and crew.
The vast majority of these were undoubtedly regularly dispatched to the naval bases and larger ships of the Red Navy, posted for a week or two and then taken down and either thrown away or cut into sections (like regular newspapers were during the war) and used for practical purposes like making cigarettes!