Title: A "Dembelsky" Album: UNDER THE STARRY SKIES ...
Publication Date: 1987
Book Condition: Very Good+
Oblong quarto, purple velvet covered binding. Order for dismissal and fellow soldiers addresses typed on back page. Beautifully and unusually illustrated by a fellow army artist with multiple space themed designs, using paint. Baikonur was a highly classified organization and casual photography was strictly forbidden there, which accounts for the element of art over photographs in this album. The dismissal order from the defense minister is dated March 25th, 1987, although the look and feel is of an older album, demonstrating how things in Russia take a long time to change (according to one insider who examined the album). A "Dembelsky" (or, graduation) album dates back to the 1950s and were assembled for Russian men following army duty (every man must serve two years). This example belonged to someone who served at Baikonur Cosmodrome, the world's first and largest operational space lunch facility. Like most "dembel" albums, the number 730 (days in two years) is featured on the cover page. Bookseller Inventory # D11305
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