Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972)

Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972)


In June 1972, The Toronto Star’s veteran Asia correspondent Mark Gayn was one of four reporters allowed into North Korea. The trip yielded four lengthy feature stories, published in The Star in July 1972, where Gayn detailed the country’s political landscape, then dominated by Kim Il Sung, and its people.

These photos are among the many Gayn took of his journeys through the country. These particular photos spotlight the various industries of North Korea. At the time, Gayn writes, his North Korean hosts, the Union of Journalists, were trying to convey that North Korea “is a sort of Asian Belgium, industrialized, sophisticated, well-off,” and that Kim Il Sung had abolished manual labour in the countryside.

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Pharmaceutical Factory – Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972) by Mark Gayn

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Hungnam Chemical Fertilizer Company – Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972) by Mark Gayn

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Hungnam Chemical Fertilizer Company – Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972) by Mark Gayn

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Medical Facility – Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972) by Mark Gayn

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Shoe Factory – Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972) by Mark Gayn

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Textile Mill – Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972) by Mark Gayn

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Printing Factory – Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972) by Mark Gayn

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Kindergarten – Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972) by Mark Gayn

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Hungsan Military Supplies Co-operative farm dispensary – Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972) by Mark Gayn

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Pyongyang store – Vintage: North Korea Industries (1972) by Mark Gayn


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