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Tehnika Molodezhi

The Soviet era (1918-1991) was a time of huge upheaval, but was also a period that produced some of the most radical and memorable printed imagery of the 20th Century.

The initial years after the Russian Revolution of 1917 offered artists and designers freedom to experiment; the development of Constructivist avant-garde aesthetics in the 1920s had a profound effect on magazine graphics

Tehnika Molodezhi is a magazine first published in 1933, which continues to be printed to the present day. The journal covers popular science and technology topics and also features science fiction stories.

The covers of the magazine during the Soviet era are sublime fusions of art and science.

The Soviet era covers of Tekhnika Molodezhi combined technological advancement with spectacular visuals; during the 1960s the graphics often had an almost psychedelic flavour.

Tehnika Molodezhi translates to "Technology for Youth. Compare these covers with what you remember of the covers of this period for "Boy's Life"


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Comment by Митька Криворуков on December 16, 2011 at 11:33am

Хороший журнал был, читался от корки до корки. На этих и подобных иллюстрациях и воспитался!

Comment by John L. Sands on December 5, 2011 at 11:39pm

You are correct. In the 50's the Russians were obsessed over Disneyland. When Khrushchev visited Southern California in 1959 he was denied access to the Magic Kingdom it was because we were afraid the Soviets would steel the plans for the monorail and claim they had invented it.

They got it anyway.

Comment by Lejon Astray on December 5, 2011 at 6:54pm

What, no monorail?

How can this be the future?

The future has to have a monorail!

The whirling propeller of death mobile is a good start however.

Comment by John L. Sands on December 3, 2011 at 11:41pm

I love the Russian lady with the Hell and Bowell camera(Sorry, Bell & Howelsky)

Comment by Joe May on December 2, 2011 at 9:31pm

Stunning. I love the mad scientist look of the first picture.

Comment by John L. Sands on December 2, 2011 at 3:02pm

A little hard on the sled behind you.

The US had several Sci Fi Illustrators in the Pre-Sputnic era. The preeminent one being Willy Ley

Comment by Cap'n Tony on December 2, 2011 at 8:03am

That air-ski in image 2 looks like fun! or suicide. Or both!

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