Pig farmers squad of Petrellen on the agricultural exhibition in Moscow, Moscow 1954

144, Magdalena Klumbytė-Piklaps

The brigade for pig farming from Petrellen, a small village with an even smaller kolkhoz, was awarded a Lenin medal for excellent work and received a paid trip to Moscow to visit the large agricultural exhibition. The photo is a typical memory photograph from this place, taken by a photographer from Moscow. The brigade was made up of one man and six young women. The group was “overseen” by persons such as the local party secretary, the chairperson of the kolkhoz, etc. The Soviet administration organized these kinds of trips in order to impress the populace with their socialist accomplishments. The visitors learned a lot from these trips, because none of them had ever been to Moscow before. Yet they also gathered their own private impressions about Soviet life.

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