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Go inside the USSR (56k warning)

Post by MKSheppard » 2008-05-16 02:25am

Aeroflot Brochure
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EDIT: Renamed this to better reflect my modification of it into a general USSR photo thread
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Post by Sea Skimmer » 2008-05-16 02:34am

Dangerously lacking in tail guns and glass nose navigator-bombardier position.
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Post by K. A. Pital » 2008-05-16 03:08am

Cool! Where'd you get that Aeroflot brochure at Shep? I have some Soviet press stuff, perhaps I'll showcase some of it if I buy a scanner in summer.
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Post by MKSheppard » 2008-05-16 06:20pm

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Aeroflot Building

Soviet Industrial Might
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Soviet Military Might
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Control room of OSCAR SSGN

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Relaxation room of OSCAR SSGN

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Childhood in USSR
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Marriage in USSR
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Snowy Wonderlands
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USSR Sports
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Sporty Car

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Hockey Star

USSR Technology
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Post by Kane Starkiller » 2008-05-16 06:47pm

Awwww those kids wearing the red scarf take me back to my childhood.
Back in the first grade schoolkids would wear the same red scarf and a blue hat swearing that:

"Today, when I become a pioneer I give my solemn pioneer word that I will study and work hard, and be a good comrade, that I will love our self governing homeland Socialist Federative Republic Yugoslavia, that I will develop brotherhood and unity and the ideas Tito fought for, that i will appreciate all people of the world that want freedom and peace"

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Post by Stuart » 2008-05-16 11:06pm

Sea Skimmer wrote:Dangerously lacking in tail guns and glass nose navigator-bombardier position.
The last IL-86 I rode in still had chaff and flare dispensers on the inner engine pylons. The luggage system was great though, I stole it for the airliners in TBO.
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Post by K. A. Pital » 2008-05-17 01:19am

Shep, that's not an Aeroflot building ;) that's a large Aeroflot advertisment with a phone call number in the end ;)

I'd add some stuff.
"Wedding House" (Civil Status Registration Office), Omsk, 1980s
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In a bus
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Workers celebrate accomplishing the works plan
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Another neon ad, saying "Long live communism"
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Soviet street illumination at night:
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In the Metro
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Hi girls!
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Construction worker:
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Lab guys (my father used to work in a similar lab)
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Red Square Parade:
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Kiss! :) (Riga, 1980s) Private archive photo
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A young girl with child
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Picnic. 1969. Private archive photo
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Demonstration. 1961. Private archive photo
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Young guys. 1976. Private archive photo.
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Probably the guy's wife and new small "Moskvich" car. Early 1980s. Private photo archive.
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Waterski!
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A flat
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As a photo voyage into my nation
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Post by Zor » 2008-05-17 01:33am

I did not know you guys made speedboats.

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Post by K. A. Pital » 2008-05-17 02:09am

The USSR produced hundreds of thousands of speedboats each year, which were accessible to private citizens for leisure, travel, fishing and other activities. A park of several million speedboats, made of anticorrosive steels according to the designs from the the Alexeev "Central Hydrofoil Constructor Bureau", was created. In the early 1980s, due to eco-craze, an unwarranted ban resulted in a "kiss of death" for the speedboat industry.

Still hundreds of thousands of them remain and are refurbished, and new ones are slowly produced.

At peak years, the USSR had produced a good hundred thousand speedboat motors per year, for the riverfleet enthusiasts to use.
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1980. An enthusiast test a "Neptune" motor on an "Oka-4" speedboat. Private collection.
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1974. A team of boaters on a "Kazanka-2M" speedboat prepare for a trip around the Gulf of Peter the Great. Private collection.
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Post by Adrian Laguna » 2008-05-17 03:27am

It's interesting how a lot of these pictures wouldn't look out of place as being from the United States. I wonder how it would have affected the discourse if pictures like that, of simple every day lifestyle, had been made widely available for the public of both sides, especially to the ever-paranoid American public.

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Post by Shroom Man 777 » 2008-05-17 10:58am

I really love how you guys show "the other side". It's a refreshing take from what is otherwise an information landscape that is massively dominated by the West/America.
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Post by Simplicius » 2008-05-18 10:07am

Those motorboats are just as hideous as the mass-market powerboats produced in the US. I guess the free market doesn't always triumph over all. :)

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Post by PeZook » 2008-05-19 05:26am

Thanks for sharing those pictures ; It's always nice to see how people lived elsewhere.

Even in Poland, the recent trend is to show the USSR as some sort of dystopian 1984-esque Big Brother state full of ugly drab gray buildings and propaganda on every street corner. Comes with a change of politics, I guess.

Oh, and a lot of these speedboats found their way into Polish lakes and rivers, too. Water recreation was pretty big in the USSR.
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Post by K. A. Pital » 2008-05-19 06:48am

Some more private photos. I've been asked if I have some of my own - I do, and I'll probably show some of them in time.
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1960s. Students of the Tomsk Polytechnical institute (my grandmother was learning there). FYI, Tomsk is far deeper into Northern Siberia than Omsk.
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School, 1st grade. 1966.
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Tourists in a foot travel, camping, Moscow region, early 1960s.
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1977. First year after graduating, the classmates' meet again.
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1981. The campus of Ulyanovsk State Polytechnical Institute.
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1985. Engineers working in agriculture ("potato trips" were common for all Soviet citizens, from students to scientists, to the fields for potato cultivation).
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1988. People relax on a dacha in Ryazan region.
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End of 1950s, picnic with a patephone! :)
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1967. Private photo, at the October Revolution Day demonstration, so no "propaganda smiles" :lol:
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1949. "Relatives Day" (when you recall the dead and visit their graves to maintain them in good shape)
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Early 1950s. Soviet newsmaker girls. Private collection.
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1960s. Vietnamese students of MGU take photo of their kids, apparently.
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1969. Snezhnogorsk H.E.P.S. builders (the middle guy looks brutal hehe)
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June 1986. Poltava, School #26, physics exam for school graduation.
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July, 1983. VIII Spartakiade of nations of USSR. Repetition for the sportsmen teams.
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Post by The Grim Squeaker » 2008-05-19 08:11am

First of all, amazing photos, some of these look like something out of Life magazine. (Even if no-one here actually took them ;)). It's nice to see a human slice of things, and not just displays of heavy industry (Although that part of the pictures is even more interesting for someone as relatively unsaturated as me).

Secondly, to avoid being completely fluffy, Stas, this sounds odd but, in the first picture of your newer batch, of the Tomsk Polytechnical institute students, deep up northern Siberia, where are the dark skinned people from?
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Post by [R_H] » 2008-05-19 08:57am

DEATH wrote: Secondly, to avoid being completely fluffy, Stas, this sounds odd but, in the first picture of your newer batch, of the Tomsk Polytechnical institute students, deep up northern Siberia, where are the dark skinned people from?
Probably Africans studying at the studying in the Soviet Union?

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Post by PeZook » 2008-05-19 08:58am

[R_H] wrote: Probably Africans studying at the studying in the Soviet Union?
I'd bet Somalia, there were plenty of Somali students all over the USSR.
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Post by Wanderer » 2008-05-19 02:06pm

Stas, a question if I may.

What the Fuck is the deal with those lurid, ugly as fuck crime against humanity, white hairbowsschool girls wore and still wear today at School Ceremonies?

"Shudders"

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Post by Kane Starkiller » 2008-05-19 07:48pm

You were looking at their hairbows? :P
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Post by RogueIce » 2008-05-19 07:58pm

Wanderer wrote:Stas, a question if I may.

What the Fuck is the deal with those lurid, ugly as fuck crime against humanity, white hairbowsschool girls wore and still wear today at School Ceremonies?

"Shudders"

I'll think I'll wash my eyes out with acid. When my wife first showed me them, I knew what was meant by the Evil Empire.
I had no idea Kirsten Dunst went to high school in Russia...

Seriously, the girl on the right in the first picture looks so much like her (as MJ in Spiderman) I thought it was from a movie or something.
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Post by Wanderer » 2008-05-19 08:30pm

Kane Starkiller wrote:You were looking at their hairbows? :P
Brings back bad memories I rather not remember or discuss :x
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Post by K. A. Pital » 2008-05-19 10:47pm

What the fuck is the deal with those lurid, ugly as fuck crime against humanity, white hairbows school girls wore and still wear today at School Ceremonies?
Harmless tradition :P now go away :P
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Post by Shroom Man 777 » 2008-05-20 09:11am

Oh my god. Step aside, Japanese schoolgirls! Wet and wild Natashyas! Woohoo! :)

Seriously, wow. Those are some fine looking women. Hot Natashyas, not like the ugly Olgas capitalist pig dog propaganda would let you believe. Hot Momma Russia! :D
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Post by K. A. Pital » 2008-05-20 11:35am

Family album pt.1 - about me and my family
Excuse the shitty quality in some photos, I don't have a scanner, but me and Anya will probably get one this summer.

My dad in the army (tankist) and mom:
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Dad likes tanks and hueg engineering equipment:
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Little soviet citizen is born:
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My late great-grandmother. Born in 1917 and lived to almost 90 years. Orders: veteran of labour, veteran of the war rear, and many others.
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Little soviet is afraid, does not want to watch TV. Mom is sewing. You could order "BURDA" fashion magazines in the USSR, and make your own cloth. Note the huge heating radiators, a feature which is ever present in all Russian homes.
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My grandfather, a German deportee to Siberia.
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My little sister.
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Post by [R_H] » 2008-05-20 11:48am

Stas Bush wrote:Note the huge heating radiators, a feature which is ever present in all Russian homes.
Same thing over here. The older radiators, like the ones in my grandmother's apartment look like those too. The newer ones are flat and squared off instead of round.
Stas Bush wrote:My grandfather, a German deportee to Siberia.


Was he a Wolgadeutscher?

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