French Photographer Jason Guilbeau Outsmarted Lockdown To Find The Former USSR’s Strangest Street Relics

French Photographer Jason Guilbeau Outsmarted Lockdown To Find The Former USSR’s Strangest Street Relics

French photographer Jason Guilbeau has used Google Street View to virtually navigate Russia and the former USSR, searching for examples of a forgotten Soviet empire. Continue reading »

20 Soviet Health Propaganda Posters

20 Soviet Health Propaganda Posters

The USSR really cared about its citizens – well at least about their health – because if they were not strong and healthy, they wouldn’t be productive members of the proletariat! Continue reading »

Mark O’Neill Captures Fantastic Images Of Ghastly Soviet Brutalist Monuments Scattered Around Post-Yugoslavian Balkan States

Mark O'Neill Captures Fantastic Images Of Ghastly Soviet Brutalist Monuments Scattered Around Post-Yugoslavian Balkan States

According to a photographer Mark O’Neill: “Following a dark journey of discovery through the former lands of Yugoslavia, Spomeniki presents a visionary series of monuments with unique shape, form, and texture. Continue reading »

Toward A Concrete Utopia: The Monumental Beauty Of Yugoslavia Brutalist Architecture

Toward A Concrete Utopia: The Monumental Beauty Of Yugoslavia Brutalist Architecture
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Laundry hangs out to dry outside of Block 23 in an apartment neighbourhood in New Belgrade, Serbia. Brutalism, an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete was popular throughout the eastern bloc. Continue reading »

The Lost Golden Age: Soviet Russia, As Seen By Photographer Vladimir Sokolaev

The Lost Golden Age: Soviet Russia, As Seen By Photographer Vladimir Sokolaev

What’s the opposite of nostalgia? Remorse, maybe? Well, that is what Vladimir Solovev had captured; not so bright side of the Soviet era. Well-known documentary photographer in the 80-ties, Solovev was part of the famous creative group “Triva”. Continue reading »

Most Beautiful Remaining Street Mosaics From The Soviet Union

Most Beautiful Remaining Street Mosaics From The Soviet Union

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, much of the vast empire’s public art—or propaganda—has perished as well. Socialist Realism was the dominant style of the day—that is, art that bolstered the socialist message by glorifying the proletariat and celebrating civic triumphs. Continue reading »

Macedonian Artist Combined Soviet Era Posters With Popular Comic Superheroes

Macedonian Artist Combined Soviet Era Posters With Popular Comic Superheroes

A Macedonian designer whose name is Zoki Cardula has conducted an art experiment and combined Soviet posters and images of popular comic books. The result is rather interesting. For example, Hulk has become an ardent opponent of alcohol while captain America is honoring the instructions of Vladimir Lenin. So let’s check out how comic book heroes would look like if they lived in the USSR. Continue reading »

That’s Why We Wanted To Build Communism – To Open Bottles After A Hard Day’s Work

The worker’s hammer and farmer’s sickle, was the traditional symbol of the Soviet Union (and the countries that claimed it in the years afterwards). Here it’s a really cool bottle opener.

That's Why We Wanted To Build Communism - To Open Bottles After A Hard Day's Work

Worker’s from walks of life chare the common bond of cracking open a cold one after a long day at work. And this novel opener makes short work of any pry-off cap. Continue reading »

“Sunken Time”: Soviet Russia, XX Century, 1962-1992, In Black & White Photographs By Mikhail Dashevsky

"Sunken Time": Soviet Russia, XX Century, 1962-1992, In Black & White Photographs By Mikhail Dashevsky

Photos of famous Russian photographer Mikhail Dashevsky – persuasive evidence of Soviet society “era of developed socialism.” Black-and-white photos, devoid of pathos and gloss, hypnotically immerse the viewer in the recent, but forgotten time. reality (casual as we would say today) – Moscow, province, village, children, elderly – the main themes of photos in the book. Continue reading »

Soviet ‘Thaw’ Of The 1960s Through The Lens Of Vladimir Lagrange

Soviet ‘Thaw’ Of The 1960s Through The Lens Of Vladimir Lagrange

Happy workers from the staged, ideologically verified photos were replaced by reporting footage of the real life. The quasi thaw in Soviet politics led to a thaw in photography, as well. The official propaganda shots faded into the background and were replaced by vivid moments of real life. Continue reading »

How Soviet Propaganda ‘Taught’ People To Raise Children

How Soviet Propaganda ‘Taught’ People To Raise Children

Soviet children were taught to never lie, always help their parents and study hard, in order to then be able to effectively work for the future of the working class and socialist paradise. Continue reading »

“The New Past”: Artist Makes Vintage Surreal Collages Crafted From Soviet Books

"The New Past": Artist Makes Vintage Surreal Collages Crafted From Soviet Books

Dutch artist Tamara Stoffers’s whimsical collages, made from Soviet-era books, have travelled to Brussels, Rotterdam, and Stockholm. Her current exhibition at Moscow’s Lumière Center of Photography, The New Past, is the first time her collages have been exhibited in the New East. Continue reading »

“We Were Born To Make The Fairy Tale Come True!”: 51 Sensational Soviet Space Posters

In the 1950s and 1960s the Soviet Union assured the great unwashed that ploughing fortunes into the space race was good for them.

"We Were Born To Make The Fairy Tale Come True!": 51 Sensational Soviet Space Posters
“Glory to the workers of Soviet science and technology!”

Artists from the Soviet Union looked to the skies and foresaw a Utopia in space. The Communists would bring peace and prosperity not only to the people of Earth but also to the technology-enabled, God-free Great Beyond. The artists created Soviet Space posters, vivid, energising and inspiring visions of the rosy-fingered dawn to tomorrow. They’re terrific. Continue reading »

“Out Of This World”: Photographer Egor Rogalev Visits The Museum Of Soviet Space Travel

"Out Of This World": Photographer Egor Rogalev Visits The Museum Of Soviet Space Travel

Egor Rogalev was born in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) in 1980. He has earned degree at the Department of Journalism at the Saint Petersburg state university. Egor mixes landscape photography with street portraiture exploring how people in post-Soviet countries correspond with transformation of urban and social environment. Continue reading »

The Weirdest Monuments Of The Communist Era That Are Still Standing

Big Dead Lenin Head

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many Communist statues and sculptures were destroyed, while others were moved to statue parks or museums. But many of them remained in the same place for the last 20 years, while the former Soviet areas were transformed into modern countries. Here are thirteen of the most incredible ones. Continue reading »

Soviet Jet Train Able To Reach 160MPH Was Supposed To Change The Future

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It would be wrong to say that only bad things came out of the Cold War because that would discount all of the amazing advancements that happened during that time. Some of those we see implemented into our everyday lives today, yet some, like this turbojet train, have been left out to gather rust. Continue reading »

There Was Sex In The USSR: Soviet Car Advertising From The Past

An advertisement for the Soviet GAZ-24 ‘Volga’. The Volga was the main dream of every man and many women in the Soviet Union.
There Was Sex In The USSR: Soviet Car Advertising From The Past

There were times when the VAZ-2101 ‘Zhiguli’ was advertised as an exclusive car, and even photographed with giraffes while the GAZ ‘Volga’ was the dream of every citizen, and sausage was considered a delicacy. Continue reading »

“Rust In Peace”: Bizarre Soviet-Era Cars Fill Russian Mechanic’s Field

"Rust In Peace": Bizarre Soviet-Era Cars Fill Russian Mechanic's Field
Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Retro cars owned by retired mechanic Mikhail Krasinets are seen in the tall grass at an open-air museum of Soviet-era vehicles in the village of Chernousovo, Tula region, Russia. Most of the cars in his collection are rusty and dented and parts are strewn among the maze of vehicles on the property. But to Krasinets, they are invaluable relics of the past. Continue reading »

Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters In The 1970s And 1980s

Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters In The 1970s And 1980s

Alcohol presents an exhaustive collection of previously unpublished, Soviet Anti-Alcohol posters. The book includes examples from the 1960s through to the 1980s, but focuses on those produced during the Mikhail Gorbachev campaign initiated in 1985. Continue reading »

House Of The Forgotten Machines: The Superb Soviet Dieselpunk Concept Art By Andrey Tkachenko

House Of The Forgotten Machines: The Superb Soviet Dieselpunk Concept Art By Andrey Tkachenko

Nizhiy Novgorod-based freelance artist Andrey Tkachenko (previously) created series of illustrations depicting Soviet cars as “dieselpunk” machines and robots. Continue reading »

This Soviet Carpet Beach Towel!

This Soviet Carpet Beach Towel!

Because let’s face it: no beach outing is really complete without one. Continue reading »

Soviet Fashion: Style Pages From 1980s U.S.S.R.

Soviet Fashion: Style Pages From 1980s U.S.S.R.

Were Soviet women dressed in drab, utilitarian garb – not according to their fashion magazines.

I recently came across some Soviet fashion magazines from 1987-1989 and thought I’d share. Like most Americans, during the Cold War, I pictured all Soviet women as homely and hardened by their harsh life, dressed in drab utilitarian garb. As these pages prove, that was far from the case – and certainly not in the last years before the break up. What we find are fashions not so different to a JC Penney catalog of the same period. Let’s have a look… Continue reading »

This Photographer Spent 10 Years Recording The Post-Soviet Discos Of Lithuania

This Photographer Spent 10 Years Recording The Post-Soviet Discos Of Lithuania

Born in Seattle to Lithuanian parents, Andrew Miksys first reconnected with his roots on a voyage to his ancestors’ country in 1995, before setting off for a year-long expedition in 1999. One night, in a remote village in Lithuania, Andrew discovered an old night club. Immediately taken with the venue and its regulars, the photographer went on to make these social hubs his prime area of focus for the next ten years. Continue reading »

This Soviet Dog Spacesuit Is The Cutest Dog Costume You Will See Today

This Soviet Dog Spacesuit Is The Cutest Dog Costume You Will See Today

Made out of cotton, nylon, rubber and aluminium, this suit is believed to have been worn by Belka and Strelka, the first two dogs to return from space back in 1960. It was used for the USSR’s Korabl-Sputnik 2 mission during the training phase, where the dogs strapped into capsules wearing the suits and launched 262,500 feet in the air before returning to the ground on parachutes. The training was meant to test the effects of low gravity and high-speed launches on the animals. Continue reading »

The Vintage Beauty Of Soviet Control Rooms

The Vintage Beauty Of Soviet Control Rooms

Just for the pleasure, a selection of vintage control rooms dating back to the Soviet era! A beautiful collection of control rooms filled with large buttons and analog dials, long before the democratization of computers and screens. Continue reading »