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    Award Banner to a Food Processing Factory in Rostov Region for Outstanding Results in the 9th Five-Year Plan, 1975-76.

    Award Banner to a Food Processing Factory in Rostov Region for Outstanding Results in the 9th Five-Year Plan, 1975-76.

    In plush crimson velvet with gold fringe; measures approximately 5' wide x 4' tall (not including the fringe).The front side features large portrait of Lenin in applique cotton with hand-embroidered silk outlines and border. In the upper right above the portrait is embroidered slogan "Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!" The embroidered inscription below the portrait reads "To the Proletarskiy RPK, the Winner of the Socialist Competition (Based Upon) the Results of the 9th Five-Year Plan, for Perpetual Safekeeping." The Russian abbreviation RPK stands for the Raiyonnyi i Kombinat (Районный Пищевой Комбинат) i.e. "District Integrated Food Processing Factory."

    The reverse side has large national emblem of RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) beautifully embroidered in silk of six different colors. The inscription at the bottom identifies the state authorities that jointly bestowed the banner: Proletarsk District Committee of CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union), District Executive Committee, District Trade Union Committee, and District Committee of VLKSM (All-Union Lenin Communist Youth League.) The flag is in good condition. The background velvet is free of noticeable wear or stains, its color vibrant and bright. The silk embroidery is completely intact, without loose strands or snags. The fringe is likewise perfect. The red wool fabric around the Lenin's portrait has a number of moth bites reveling the beige-colored backing material, but considering the overall size of the banner and the fact that the portrait itself is unaffected, the damage is not too glaring (it is also probably easy to conceal if desired with a red marker of correct color.) There is minimal wear and a couple of small tears to the edge of flagpole sleeve but no significant damage.

    Overall, this banner is a very presentable and fairly uncommon piece. Unlike many other such prize flags that were "transferrable" - i.e. passed from one foremost factory, farm or labor team to another based on most recent results - it was issued only once and then retained by the enterprise as permanent trophy. The reference to the 9th Five-Year Plan makes it certain that it was issued within a narrow timeframe from late 1975 through mid- 1976.

    As a historical side note, the Proletarskiy RPK was located in the town Proletarsk of the Rostov-on-Don Region, southern Russia. During the Soviet era it produced a wide variety of food products including packaged meat and vegetables. In the early half of the 1990s, soon after the breakup of the Soviet Union, it was privatized like most other small stated-owned enterprises. In the last decade of its existence it apparently downsized and concentrated on production of vegetable oil and butter before it went out of business in 2018.

    Item# 36012


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