Images of a uniformed Mao wearing a military cap emphasised his role as Great Commander; in contrast, Mao in shirtsleeves and wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat showed him to be a man of the (80% rural) people. This was Mao at his most civilian, looking just like any other city-dweller (the white shirt) mobilised to assist with the harvest.

On badges "Country Mao" was associated with agricultural abundance, the model village of Dazhai, and the Chairman's letter (of 7th May 1966) to Lin Biao suggesting greater PLA involvement with farming.

48m 4dot5g 52m 6dot5g 57m 7dot8g 54m 15dot7 44m 8dot0g 50m 15dot1g 50m 13dot0 hat2 56mm  13.0g hat1 62mm  16.3g

49mm   4.2g


52mm 6.5g

Hard plastic with paper insert

57mm   7.8g

Hard plastic with paper insert

54mm   15.7g


50mm   15.1g


50mm   13.0g


45mm   8.0g


56mm   13.1g

62mm   16.4g