11 Uzbekistan Of 1956. By Jacques Dupaquier

Uzbekistan Of 1956. By Jacques Dupaquier

Posted on October 4, 2011 by

Jacques Dupaquier visited the USSR thrice, in 1956, 1964, and 1975. Let’s get in our time machine and go take a look at the Uzbekistan of 1956.

This is one of the nice buses of that time. It looks like ZIS-154, not sure.

This is the central street of the city of Tashkent with the only passenger car.

Bird’s eye view of the same street.

This is how 90% of Tashkent had looked like before the earthquake of 1966… and probably after.

Even now every Uzbek city has suchlike areas… unfortunately.

Tashkent is a city of contrasts.

They put up a Tamerlane monument in place of the Lenin monument.

Farmers markets have always been a very important part of people’s life…


…just as religion.

These are political agitation posters.

Is it Khodzha Nasreddin or Old Khottabych?

A Frenchwoman and an Uzbek woman.

This is a reception of the French friends of the USSR.

This is a machine and tractor station which is going to be turned into a collective farm in 1958.

Location: Uzbekistan

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11 responses to “Uzbekistan Of 1956. By Jacques Dupaquier”

  1. geoff says:

    UzbekiStan, PakiStan, AfghaniStan, TajikiStan, TurkmeniStan, KyrgzStan, KazakhStan. What does STAN mean on the end of all those names.

  2. Galitsin says:


  3. Tobbe says:

    Translates into “land of” I think..

  4. Justin says:

    Somehow I think the people were much happier then. I see that Stalin’s statue has been replaced by that of Tammerlane. Will the next be of Islam Karimov making it 3 monsters in a line?

  5. sam says:

    The suffix -stan is Persian for “place of”, and is cognate to the Latin terms state and status (meaning “to stand”).

    The suffix also appears in the names of many regions, especially in Central and South Asia, areas where ancient Iranian peoples were established.

  6. Ololo says:

    In Russian Stan means either stature or waist (anatomical term). Although, I think it has much deeper root in the protolanguage for the whole Indo-European languages group.

  7. Kent_Diego says:

    These old photos are the best. The part that always gets me is the lack of cars on the roads.

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