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Alcohol presents an exhaustive collection of previously unpublished, Soviet Anti-Alcohol posters.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

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!

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.

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

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

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

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 »

Life In Soviet Russia: Private Moments

Are you ready to make an immersion into the glorious life of Soviet Russia? If yes scroll down, this one today differs from other retrospective series we had before by the manner of compilation – it’s not a one collection but is assorted mix came from different sources. Continue reading »

“The Struggle For Utopia”: Everyday Soviet Life In Magnificent Photos By Semyon Friedland

Semyon Osipovich Friedland was a soviet photographer from Kiev. He was born in 1905 into a family of Jewish shoemakers. He began his career as a journalist, but then left the profession because of the censorship. In 1932 he graduated from the photography department of the State Institute of Cinematography. In 1950 Friedland worked as an editor-in-chief for the photography department of the famous “Ogonyok” (Russian: Огонёк, lit. “little flame”), which is one of the oldest weekly illustrated magazines in USSR and is published even today in Russia. Continue reading »

Beautiful And Never Seen Vintage Soviet ‘Antonov’ Plane Ads

A few photos of Soviet vintage ‘Antonov’ airplane ads target to Western buyers. Because the managers of the company was reasonably thinking that most of the buyers of the planes from abroad would be men, they decided to put women on the pictures. Continue reading »

Soviet Mystery Amphibious Vehicle Has Been Discovered In Chelyabinsk

One local man, Ivan Ivanov, discovered the odd vehicle and shared it over VK, the Russian social network. Continue reading »

Futuristic Prototype Of The First Soviet Night Vision Goggles

First Soviet night vision goggles appeared in early 1940s during first days of Russia joining World War 2. And those are the first prototypes of those, some were car mount some were portable. Continue reading »

Synchronistic Images Captured In Soviet Era Swimming Pools By Photographer Maria Svarbova

Photographer Maria Svarbova is fascinated by the sterile, geometric aesthetic of old swimming pools, especially those built during the Socialist Era in her native country of Slovakia. Each scene she photographs is highly controlled, from the subjects of her works to the bright colors and dramatic shadows that compose each shot. Continue reading »

Stunning Colorized Photos Of Legendary Soviet Female Snipers From WWII, Including One Dubbed ‘Lady Death’ Who Killed 309 Nazis

Stunning colorized images have given new life to WWII female snipers who protected their territory against German attacks, including the most successful female sniper in history, Lyudmila Pavlichenko also known as ‘Lady Death’.

Roza Shanina was one of the 800,000 women who fought in Russia.

The photographs were colorized by Moscow artist Olga Shirnina. Continue reading »

Rare And Sentimental Photographs Of Homeless Children In Soviet Union In The 1920s

By the early 1920s, millions of orphaned and abandoned children, collectively described in Russian as besprizornye, besprizorniki (literally “unattended”) crowded cities, towns, and villages across the new Soviet state. By 1922, World War I, Russian Revolution, and Civil War had resulted in the loss of at least 16 million lives within the Soviet Union’s borders, and severed contact between millions of children and their parents. At this time, Bolshevik authorities were faced with an estimated seven million homeless youths.

Odessa 1928

The great Volga famine of 1921–1922 accounted for some five million deaths and played a huge role in depriving children of their homes. Vast numbers of children were deserted, many abandoning their families themselves, and many parents actively abandoning their children. Continue reading »

The Secret Life Of Salvador Dali In Soviet Russia

KGB leaked some new files. They reveal famous Spanish maestro artist Salvador Dali while on his secret visit to USSR. It was no secret the artist had a Russian lover and wife Gala (Elena). She was who took Dali on the trip. Let’s see those leaked files. Continue reading »

Guy Made A Computer Case Out Of Old Soviet Electronic Parts Looks Magically Cool

This Russian guy has a hobby of making different things from the remainders of old Soviet electronic and electric parts. He deliberately collects different old Soviet switches, buttons, small bulbs and indicators. Here is one of his latest works – a computer case made from all this old Soviet scrap parts. Continue reading »

Ukraine In 1982: Soviet Odessa In Amazing Photographs By Ian Berry

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In 1982 the famous British photographer Ian Berry visited the Ukrainian SSR as a photojournalist. During that trip he made a series of photos of the people’s life in the Soviet city of Odessa. We looked at the Ian’s pictures and picked up the most interesting ones to show you in this post. Continue reading »

Real Life Sized Soviet Era Motorbike Made Of Wood

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Ok, I haven’t seen anything like this before. Please meet a 1:1 wooden motorcycle replica with intricate detailing, all made from wood, all real life sized. As the source reports, a guy called Yury decided to make something unusual. He has chosen a Soviet IZH-49 motorbike as a target to apply his wood crafting skills. So this is what he did. Tires, exhaust pipe, everything from wood. Continue reading »

How Soviet Space Dreams Became A Photographer’s Inspiration

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The rocket and space program of the USSR, along with the exploration of the universe left its mark on the country. Obviously, it reflected on the people’s minds as well. Every other little boy wanted to be an astronaut. One of them was the photographer Ivan Mikhailov. As a child, he often stared at the stars, and thought of planets and space adventures, while sitting atop of a rocket-shaped slide near his house. Presently, his series of photographs titled ‘Playground’, includes images of rocket ship style playgrounds built in Russia during the Space Race. Continue reading »

Hilarious “Work Safety” Posters From The Soviet Union Era

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Working is good, but working smart is better! Industrial era brought a lot of good to world, but also it was a major headache to doctors and medical staff! Machines, steam, electricity, hot iron, sharp tools, all that was a major threat for the “new era” workers. The human factor was usually the main cause for these accidents and even fatalities in industrial complexes. This is why authorities of those times tried to avoid future casualties and learn people how to behave at work. Continue reading »

Soviet Brutalist Architecture Photographed By Frederic Chaubin

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When one thinks of something fascinating, Soviet brutalist architecture does not come to mind. However, Frédéric Chaubin’s remarkable photographs, published under the curious title “CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed”, can change that perspective of many. French photographer has traveled the former Soviet Union since 2003, capturing unusual sculptural buildings. Continue reading »

Soviet Youth Culture: Goths, Punks And Metalheads Of The USSR

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Rapid development of youth subculture 1970s and 1980s generated lots of different trends which still exist in one form or another. The Soviet Union was not the exception; goths, punks, rockers and metalheads of the late USSR are remembered by their radical self-expression and the extravagant style.

Here, we have found some cool old photos of this saucy youth from the USSR in the period of 1980s. Continue reading »

Absolutey Stunning Artworks And Funny Soviet Posters In The Pin-Up Style By Valery Barykin

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The Russian artist Valery Barykin draws pictures in the Pin-Up style, mixing the American classic with Russian ordinariness. Now Valery has lots of great works in his portfolio, but the most popular project is the series of drawings called Soviet Pin-Up where he combined the famous style with the socialist posters. And, we must say they look very nice with the pretty girls you could never imagine on the real posters from the USSR. Continue reading »

World War II Paintings From The Soviet Union

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We tend to forget how horrific World War II was for the Soviet Union. Here’s a fascinating collection of Soviet War paintings. Continue reading »