A Book That Was Never Born

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In 1990, as geopolitical shifts were occurring in the Soviet sphere, I decided a Whole Earth Catalog-like book devoted to the entire Red world might be an interesting capstone to a tumultuous era. Alas, no American publisher thought so. I recently uncovered pieces of the pitch dummy for The Whole Red Catalog with some of the photographs used to chart the rise and fall. Anyone interested?

Red 1
Red 8

Seal of the USSR.

Red 7

Karl Marx and beard.

Red 6

Lenin and friends.

Red 5

Soviet sewing bee.

Red 4

Lenin film titles.

Red 3

Youth day in Moscow. 1920.


A Russian standoff (posed).

Red 2

The Bolshevik duo.