1st May, celebrated by labour and communist movements all over the world, was an important official holiday in the Soviet Union. There were parades in the major cities with the biggest celebration in Red Square in the centre of Moscow. In the Century Topolski has included Soviet leaders watching the parade, including Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin. CBS made a film from Topolski’s drawings, which was shown in America over Christmas 1969.
The door was salvaged from Newgate, London’s most notorious prison, when it was demolished in 1904. Topolski later acquired the door and incorporated it into the Century.