Posted by: rbbadger | November 9, 2011

The Reddest of Red Suns

It’s sort of funny, but Maoist-era propaganda has become quite valuable.  Stefan Landsberger authored a definitive work on them.  You can see some excerpts from his collection by clicking here.  Some very interesting Cultural Revolution-era artifacts were discovered at the University of Michigan.

Papercutting is a very old Chinese craft.  It is really quite amazing what these artisans can create with a pair of scissors and a piece of paper.  Some Cultural Revolution-era papercuts were found stored away in the archives of the library.  These are quite find and may be some of the only ones extant today.  You can read more about this find on The History Blog.

Here are a couple of images.  First is Mao, the “reddest of red suns”.  The second is the campaign to “smash the four olds”.  The Cultural Revolution is a very sensitive topic for China now.  While the Communist Party has definitely repudiated this part of its past, it’s still a very touchy thing.  It’s maybe not as touchy as the Tian’anmen Square massacre of the 1980s, but its something that not a lot of people want to talk about. 

If you’re so inclined, you can see the entire collection by clicking here.



  1. That’s very cool!

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