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Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Fight the Red Menace: The Children's Crusade against Communism trading cards; 41. To the Mines

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09627.41.02 Author/Creator: Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Trading card Date: 1951 Pagination: 1 collecting card ; 6 x 8 cm.

Summary of Content: One trading card from the Red Menace collection, "41. To the Mines" depicting laborers in mines overworked, one laborer leans on another. Reverse side contains propaganda narrative mentioning uranium mines in the "Soviet Occupation Zone of Eastern Germany," requires forced labor in exchange for rations. Working conditions are poor due to malfunctioning infrastructure in the mines, which often leads to floods.

Background Information: The card is likely referring to the Butugychag Corrective Labor Camp, part of the gulags. It was in existence from 1944-1955 in North-Eastern Russia. Prisoners of this camp mined uranium ...and other materials that would be used to build nuclear weapons by the Soviet Union.See More

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Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: PropagandaCommunismMilitary HistoryPrison CampPrisonerCold War

Sub Era: The Fifties

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