Rui Guangting, 1958
The people's communes are good
Publisher: Shanghai Educational Publishing House
(Offset, 77x106 cm., inv.nr. BG G1/959)

Educational poster showing an agricultural commune with collective facilities such as a reading room, a day nursery and a canteen. Also shown, in the upper right corner, are so-called backyard furnaces, one of the great disasters of the Great Leap Forward. Here everyone had to melt superfluous metal objects to produce new metal. In the fervour of the campaign many useful object were melted, and the metal produced was completely worthless.