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“A lovely primary-colored geometrical wonderland-light sparkling with every conceivable kind of wit and brilliance and fantasy and fun.” Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature 1920-35: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times

“A lovely primary-colored geometrical wonderland-light sparkling with every conceivable kind of wit and brilliance and fantasy and fun.” Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature Beautiful Books, Terrible Times

Image from "Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature 1920-35: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times" (courtesy Redstone Press)

Image from "Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature Beautiful Books, Terrible Times" (courtesy Redstone Press)

Image from "Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature 1920-35: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times" (courtesy Redstone Press)

Constructivism : the perfect balance between Bolshevism and art. El Lissitzky - Basic Calculus, 1928 El Lissitzky - Illustration to ‘For the voice’ by Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1920

Beautiful Books, Terrible Times: The Free Expression of Soviet Children’s Lit

Boris Ermolenko, cover and illustrations for Special Clothing, Image from “Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children’s Literature Beautiful Books, Terrible Times”, Redstone Press

Image from "Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature 1920-35: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times" (courtesy Redstone Press)

Image from "Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature Beautiful Books, Terrible Times" (courtesy Redstone Press)

Image from "Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature 1920-35: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times" (courtesy Redstone Press)

Image from "Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature Beautiful Books, Terrible Times" (courtesy Redstone Press)

From the book Inside the Rainbow: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times (public library), edited by Julian Rothenstein and Olga Budashevskaya. Illustrations from Soviet Russia between 1920-1935.

From the book Inside the Rainbow: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times (public library), edited by Julian Rothenstein and Olga Budashevskaya. Illustrations from Soviet Russia between

These Russian children's illustrations from the Twenties are a monument to a   period of Soviet History, says Oliver Bullough

natasha-from-russia: “ Olga Deineko and Nikolai Troshin, illustrated for A Thousand Dresses a Day by L. Kassil, Inside the Rainbow - Russian Children’s Literature 1920 - Beautiful Books,.

Credit: Redstone Press Vladimir Konashevich, cover for Barabiek by Kornei Chukovsky, 1929

A book by Julian Rothenstein and Olga Budashevskaya called Inside The Rainbow: Russian Children’s Literature Examples of book design from this period.