Pictorial plan of Moscow, 58.5 x 86.5 cm, printed in colours, a couple of lightly pencilled annotations, blank verso, folding into printed card wrappers. This example was apparently acquired by a British traveller to the USSR in December 1936.
Intourist was created in 1929 to promote the USSR’s image overseas. Stalin’s Russia wasn’t a closed country by any means, although many western visitors arrived as part of delegations sent by trade unions and other sympathetic groups. Getmansky’s plan is a fairly conventional tourist map, listing hotels and cultural attractions. Getmasnky was a graphic artist and illustrator who designed book covers and illustrations for magazines and children’s books as well as a travel guide to the Soviet Union issued by Intourist in 1936. This map was also issued in a French language version.
In terms of date, the Monument to Minin and Pozharsky was moved from the centre of Red Square to its present site in front of St Basil’s Cathedral in 1936, as shown on the map. The Hotel Novomoskovskaya was converted into a residential hostel for the Department of Foreign Policy in 1939 and to narrow down the date range even further, October or Oktyabrsky Railway Station (Moscow’s oldest, opened as Nikolaevsky in 1849) was renamed Leningradsky Railway Station in 1937.