The red five-pointed star is the symbol of the Soviet government and the communist future.
The child portrait of Lenin was a motivation for a young citizen of the USSR to follow his/her leader’s example since infancy.
The fastening is a safety pin. The method of painting is hot enamel.
The pin was made in the USSR in the late 1980’s, and is periodically released as a modern replica.
The distinctive features of the rarity original pin are the manufacturer’s unique mark and stamped price on the back of the pin. In the Soviet Union due to the absence of the freewheeling economy, goods prices had been fixed for the whole country.
The text stamped on the back of the pin “Tz10K” means “Price 10 kopecks.” In modern Russia one could buy nothing for such a sum of money.
The pin is a valuable collector’s item.
The term “Octobrists” originated in 1923-24 when in Moscow there were first organized the groups of children of the same age as the Great October Socialist Revolution.
The Octobrists groups used to be set up in the first grade at school and worked till the Oktobrists became Pioneers, when Pioneer units were established. When children joined the Octobrists they were given a special pin – a five-pointed ruby star with a portrait of Lenin in his childhood. An Octobrist group consisted of several divisions, called “asterisk”, each of which usually included 5 children, that symbolised the 5 points of the star. As a rule, in the “asterisk” each Oktobrist occupied one of the positions – a commander, a florist, a nurse, a librarian, or an athlete.
The Octobrists were the initial link in the structure of the communist youth organization of the USSR.
The Octobrists had their own set of rules for:
The Octobrists are the future Pioneers.
The Octobrists are diligent children, they love school, respect the elders.
Only those who love to work are called the Octobrists.
The Octobrists are truthful and brave, clever and skilful.
The Octobrists are friendly children, they read and draw, play and sing, and live merrily.
The activities of the Octobrists were mainly in a form of a game and were organized by teachers and Pioneer leaders.