TYPE: Poster
DIMENSIONS: 20 3/4" x 30 1/2"
CONDITION: Minor chipping and toning at the edges, with paper loss at the upper left corner, else very good.
REFERENCE EXTERNAL LINKS: Satellite Communes - Chaya Mountain Scenic Area

ITEM ID: 4449
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Map of China Province with Militia Rifle Training Photographs

DATE
Year: 1957
Decade: 1950s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Large Chinese teaching map, entitled “People’s Commune is Good” an overview of the Weixing people’s agricultural commune in Suiping County, Henan Province.

The map is surrounded by inset color photographs showing the happy residents conducting agricultural work and militia rifle drills. The verso of the poster bears three color illustrations, demonstrating stance one might use when shooting with a rifle.

Scholar Jeffrey Kinkley commented, “Amazing. Wikipedia says that ‘relics’ of this old commune are now a tourist attraction. Weixing People’s Commune = ‘Satellite’ People’s Commune, celebrating the USSR’s Sputnik, 1958. It was the Chaya Mountain Satellite People’s Commune of Suiping County. The poster of the militia shooters with rifles is dated November 1958.”