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For my primary source I looked at a poster that from 1956 that depicted “The Good Points of Collectivization.” Posters are a big part of the visual primary sources I am analyzing so I picked out this poster to work on for this post. This poster actually also had a twin poster that was incredibly similar from the same manufacture and appear that they might have been displayed together. Both are depictions of the benefits of collectivization and are similar in style and layout with little bubbles representing positive outcomes of collectivization.
(Second poster that matches the firsts style)
This poster’s perspective is state mandated so it is important to analyze it understanding that it would have been approved by the government before being put into mass production and sent out to the public. The poster looks at the bountiful fields that outstretch into all the countryside in view in the top two image sequences. The next row looks at agricultural processes starting with plowing the field and ending with the harvesting of it. Underneath that the next row shows the raising of livestock as well as the collection of crops and water. The final bottom row of the poster shows the people coming together embodying the commune.
A strength of this primary source is the variety of the benefits of communism. It serves as a step by step plan out of what the government thought were the benefits of collectivization. The weakness is that I can not read the text in the primary source, however the visuals are very self explanatory since the peasant audience that these posters were aimed at were still not unanimously literate.
“The Good Points of Collectivization,” (February,1956) http://chineseposters.net/posters/e15-790.php