Our great leader Chairman Mao on the Tien An Men rostrum waving to a million revolutionary masses during a celebration of the great proletarian cultural revolution

Our great leader Chairman Mao on the Tien An Men rostrum waving to a million revolutionary masses ...
1966
Guozi Shudian (国字书店) Beijing
38x27 cm.
BG C17/971

On 18 August 1966, Mao 'received' the Red Guards on Tian'anmen Square for the first time. Around one million people showed up, mostly young boys and girls who were kept waiting for hours and hours, shouting, singing and waving their Little Red Books. When Mao finally appeared and waved at the crowd, as documented on this photograph, the masses reached a collective ecstasy that is difficult to imagine.

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