14 Moscow Winter Of 1959

Moscow Winter Of 1959

The following photos of Moscow of 1959 were made by Carl Mydans who posted them in Life magazine.

Clothes, church, winter, 1959.

Early morning on Vasilevsky descent.

Along the wall of Moscow China town.

A woman and her granddaughter next to the Metropol Hotel.

Divers on the Moscow river.

Pigeons in the street.

Pigeons next to Red Square.

The road along the Kremlin wall.

Tubes are covered with black pitch.


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14 Responses to “Moscow Winter Of 1959”

  1. Alex says:

    Moscow China town? Dude, seriously? Kitay-gorod has nothing to do with China at all.

  2. Blake says:

    Alex, Kitay-gorod translates to China Town.

  3. Y5K says:

    The toy shop woman looks pretty and very pleasant. I would have bought a thing if I had been in front of her.

  4. geoff says:

    Realy nice pictures.

    In the pic about half way down (the one under the statue of A. Gertson) there is the back of a car that looks like its an American 1959 or 60 Ford Fairlane, or did Russian cars look like that.

    Also in the back of that pic is the woman and her granddaughter from the 1st and 5th pic.

  5. Lena says:

    It has nothing to do with China indeed. Here “china” means castle.

  6. Matt says:

    Never saw a snow removal machine like that before. Pretty handy.

  7. (r)evolutionist says:

    A. Herzen: “Father of Russian Socialism” ; SR hero; You are remembered.

  8. Alex says:

    Blake, try wiki, maybe? I know history of my city, tyvm.

    “scholars universally agree that the name originally had nothing to do with Kitay as in “China”, as there has never been significant Chinese presence in this district of Moscow.

    Kita (pl. kity) is a somewhat obsolete word for “plait” or “thing made by braiding””

  9. Mr. Cool says:

    “Tubes are covered with black pitch.”

    Why? To prevent rusting from outside?

  10. CZenda says:

    IIRC, most of the Khrushchev-era housing estates in Moscow was demolished after the land prices in the center of Moscow skyrocketed.

  11. au_lite says:

    CZenda, you wish! I live in a block made of these houses, and they have been putting off the demolishing for as long as I remember.

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