Monday, December 5, 2011

The object of the day: Stalin's ink blotter

Stalin's signature wet ink blotter

In his private life Stalin, rarely used his political power to get himself nice and expensive things. His lifestyle was more of a soldier, of a man possessed... Except for a very few "special" things, which he cherished almost to the point of a fetish.

Only recently some of the objects that Stalin privately owned and used became accessible for viewing, in the original locations (such as Stalin's summer house - "dacha"), unclassified by Russian officials, and displayed as a travelling exhibition. 

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