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Revolutionary Che Guevara Vintage Photos and Pamphlet

Included in this collection:

1.) A 3.5" x 5" glossy black and white photograph capturing a slightly smiling Guevara in uniform in 1961. Verso has a slip of paper with Associated Press News Library Service information attached and is stamped "DEAD" and "Filed OCT 16 1961". With RMY Auctions Letter of Authenticity. Minor diagonal bend. Series of creases along left side. In near fine condition. 

2.) A 10" x 8" glossy black and white press photograph of Guevara shaking hands with then-president of China Liu Shaoqi (1898-1969). AP Wire Photo information running vertically along left edge with two pen marks. Verso is stamped "Filed FEB 11 1965" and "DEAD" and has a small label attached. Lightly creased. Toning and minor discoloration. In near fine condition.

3.) A printed pamphlet, "On Vietnam and World Revolution". New York: Merit Publishers,1967. Introduction by George Lavan. 15pp, 5.5" x 8.5". With ownership signature on first page. Light creasing and bumping to corners. Soiling and toning. In very good plus condition.

Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928-1967) was a young Argentine doctor whose experiences traveling extensively throughout the Caribbean as well as Latin and South America radicalized him politically. He joined the July 26th Movement of the Cuban revolutionaries Raul and Fidel Castro after meeting the brothers in 1955. Guevara became not only a Comandante, or military commander, of the Cuban rebels, but also their intellectual, spiritual, and tactical leader. He was appointed Minister of Industry in 1961, and in this role, he attempted to industrialize and centralize the Cuban economy while redistributing labor and emphasizing agricultural production.

Guevara remains both a revered and reviled historical figure, polarized in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, memoirs, essays, documentaries, songs, and films. As a result of his perceived martyrdom and poetic invocations for class struggle, Guevara has evolved into a quintessential icon of various leftist movements. In contrast, his critics on the political right accuse him of promoting authoritarianism and endorsing violence against his political opponents. Despite disagreements on his legacy, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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