Mülheim An Der Ruhr, Germany
His And Hers Cultural Revolution
Photograph - Photographic Print
Composite of two vintage Chinese postage stamp images, dating, I'm guessing, from the time of the cultural revolution.
Wikipedia: "The revolution was launched in May 1966. Chairman Mao Zedong alleged that bourgeois elements were infiltrating the government and society at large, aiming to restore capitalism. He insisted that these "revisionists" be removed through violent class struggle. China's youth responded to Mao's appeal by forming Red Guard groups around the country. The movement spread into the military, urban workers, and the Communist Party leadership itself. It resulted in widespread factional struggles in all walks of life. Millions of people were persecuted and suffered a wide range of abuses including public humiliation, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, and seizure of property. A large segment of the population was forcibly displaced. Historical relics and artifacts were destroyed. Cultural and religious sites were ransacked. Mao officially declared the Cultural Revolution to have ended in 1969. After Mao's death in 1976, reformers led by Deng Xiaoping gained prominence. Most of the Maoist reforms associated with the Cultural Revolution were abandoned by 1978. The Cultural Revolution has been treated officially as a negative phenomenon ever since" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Revolution).
What goes around comes around, I suppose. An updated couple would no doubt be clasping an I-pad and a smartphone to their chests, even happier than their 60s predecessors.
March 9th, 2013
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