According to the commentary received with this film, the manufacture of badges depicting Mao Tse-Tung is a thriving concern in the People's Republic of China.
Production-line manufacture of Mao Tse-Tung badges.
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Background: According to the commentary received with this film, the manufacture of badges depicting Mao Tse-Tung is a thriving concern in the People's Republic of China.
The badges, worn by workers, citizens, and Red Guards alike, are made at a factory in a suburb of Peking. More than 360 workers are employed, working day and night in three shifts.
A factory official reported that by last December, the factory had achieved a monthly output of over 3,200,000 badges, but that demand still exceeded supply. It is intended to increase production to 6,000,000 within the next month.
Female workers are particularly skilled in manufacturing the badges, of which four kinds are made. It was formerly possible to exchange these badges at a Peking Badge Exchange Market, but since a Red Guard edict prohibiting this, such markets have disappeared from the Peking scene.
The commentary adds that the popularity of the badges is an obvious indication of the power of Mao Tse-Tung and Lin Piao, and of the people's support for the Chinese leaders.