Museum exhibit /Greetings card
A home-made New Year greetings card. From between 1950 and 1953. The work of Igor’ Borisovich Babin (1914-1977), a political prisoner in the UkhtIzhemLag. I.B. Babin, a design engineer, was arrested initially in April, 1937, and in May, 1938, he was sentenced to 5 years in the camps. He was sent to the Tupolev Separate Design Bureau, the so-called “Tupolev Sharashka” ( “sharashka” is an informal name for research and development laboratories in the Gulag System), where he worked until 1944. He was arrested for the second time in 1950 and in the period 1950-1953 was imprisoned in the UkhtIzhemLag. I.B. Babin sent letters and greetings cards from the camp to his family in Moscow. He drew this New Year greetings card for his daughter. After his release in 1953, the card was kept in an album that Babin had made in the camp, alongside other letters that he had sent from the camp. From 1953 onwards, the album and the cards were kept in the collection of Babin’s mother, Berta Aleksandrovna Babina-Nevskaia. It was given to the A. Sakharov Museum and Social Centre by Babin’s daughter, Irina Igorevna Ermakova. The photo album is in the Museum’s reserve archive and the New Year greetings card sent by Babin to his daughter is on permanent display (Photo 28.09.2010). 
 
 
 
 
Authenticity
 
Creator of collectionI.I. Ermakova (née Babina)
 
Date of acquisition10 мая 1999
 
Date and place of creationBetween 1950 and 1953. UkhtIzhemLag (Komi ASSR).
 
Years and places of existence in subject-related functionMade by I.B. Babin between 1950 and 1953 in the UkhtIzhemLag (Komi ASSR). After his release, it was kept in the family of his mother, B.A. Babina-Nevskaia in Moscow, up until her death in 1983 (it was put in her son’s album that he had made in the camp). The card was then kept by her daughter, I.B. Babina (married name Ermakova). It was given by her, along with the album, to the A. Sakharova Museum and Social Centre.
 
MaterialsPaper
 
Materials
 
Description of exhibitA sheet of paper in the shape of a greetings vard. The drawing is in “portrait” mode. It shows - in gouache – a fair-haired, curly-haired little girl in a red dress, and with a blue ribbon in her hair. The girl is holding a wine glass in both hands and raising it to her lips. In the right background there is a New Year Tree with all its decorations. In the top part of the card, over the drawing, is the inscription “Happy New Year!”
 
State of preservationLightly soiled
 
Detailed annotationA home-made New Year greetings card. From between 1950 and 1953. The work of Igor’ Borisovich Babin (1914-1977), a political prisoner in the UkhtIzhemLag. I.B. Babin, a design engineer, was arrested initially in April, 1937, and in May, 1938, he was sentenced to 5 years in the camps. He was sent to the Tupolev Separate Design Bureau, the so-called “Tupolev
Sharashka”, where he worked until 1944. He was arrested for the second time in 1950 and in the period 1950-1953 was imprisoned in the UkhtIzhemLag. I.B. Babin sent letters and greetings cards from the camp to his family in Moscow. He drew this New Year greetings card for his daughter. After his release in 1953, the card was kept in an album that Babin had made in the camp, alongside other letters that he had sent from the camp. From 1953 onwards, the album and the cards were kept in the collection of Babin’s mother, Berta Aleksandrovna Babina-Nevskaia. It was given to the A. Sakharov Museum and Social Centre by Babin’s daughter, Irina Igorevna Ermakova. The photo album is in the Museum’s reserve archive and the New Year greetings card sent by Babin to his daughter is on permanent display (Photo 28.09.2010).


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PersonsBabin (Babina-Nevskaia; nee Zmoiro) Berta Aleksandrovna, Keeper
 
PersonsBabin Igor' Borisovich, Person who made the card
 
PersonsErmakova (nee Babina) Irina Igor'evna, Addressee, creator of the collection
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museum exhibit /Greetings card