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The Russian ballet
The cartoon comments on the series of overthrowing of Russian and Soviet governments. On a "History of the Russian Revolution" stage strewn with skulls, dancers kick the performers in front of each other. A man wearing a uniform and ermine cape labeled "Czarist Government" is kicked off stage by a man in peasant garb marked "Kerehsky Gov't." He, in turn, is kicked by a goateed prince nez wearing man in a double breasted military frock coat labeled "Lenin-Trotzky Regime." At his feet is a wreath marked "Lenin." This man is being kicked by a mustachioed man in peasant garb wearing a fez-like cap marked "Stalin Govt." Coming out of the right side of the stage is a booted foot with a question mark. In the orchestra pit Death plays "The Dance of Death" on a cello.
18.4 x 15.8 cm
black and white
- still image
- These materials are either in the public domain, according to U.S. copyright law, or permission has been obtained from rights owners. The digital version and supplementary materials are available for all educational uses worldwide.
- The Janet A. Ginsburg Chicago Tribune Image Collection
- Chicago Daily Tribune (November 26, 1927), n.p.