21 Moscow 1931 In Color

Moscow 1931 In Color

Posted on January 3, 2013 by team


Here is a marvelous collection of old shots of Moscow and its citizens 1931 in color. You can see many interesting details and compare the city of those days with Moscow nowadays.


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21 Responses to “Moscow 1931 In Color”

  1. ABB says:

    I loved all these photos! They are fantastic! Yeah, most of those people in them are no longer here.

  2. T34/55 says:

    Someone put a nice effort, though it’s obvious these photos have only been colored afterwards.

  3. Sindbad says:

    Super photos from 1931. But something is missing: where are Cheka/OGPU/NKVD boys? where are the gulags and where is the famine who killed 15-20 milion peasants?

    • vla says:

      Famine was in 1932. This is Moscow 1931.
      And again comment like : gulags,gulags, stalin, gulags, 1oo milion dead ppl, hitler was hero… Man, enjoy photos fk Cheka and NKVD.

      • Sindbad says:

        Photos which are nice watercolors fantasies applied on a black reality. Nothing natural. And if you had the guts to say fk NKVD in those time bravo

    • er says:

      as you can see in this photos nothing like this were even happend.

  4. Richard W. says:

    And to think that in WWII many millions would die fighting Hitler.
    My Uncle touched up photos with colored pencils to make them appear as color photos, but only face shots, because obvious it was difficult to color everything, but faces were easier.

  5. tea pot says:

    beautiful pictures. nice to see people from the USSR shown as human beings (for a change). when you look at the very young children and the oldest people it is very sad to think what was going to happen eight years later.

  6. Fred Johnson says:

    Makes me wonder if the people that colored the slides lived in their own little world, where everybody had rosy red cheeks.

  7. Nobody says:

    This is propaganda.

  8. Balkanoid says:

    Ladas back then looked better than today :)

  9. andy says:

    Splendid collection! I liked the “constructivist art” outdoor figures, unique form to Russia. The caricature figure of the Nazi, holding a sign that reads “who will cry Long Live Moscow .. he will hang” was a prophetic reminder to Russians of anti-Soviet propaganda in Germany – even before Hitler took power!

  10. komar says:

    http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A2%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B3%D1%81%D0%B8%D0%BD

    b&w photos in high resolution and handtinted work
    very nice – thank you

  11. komar says:

    BAUHAUS – Design

    • andy says:

      Yes – I think this famous Bauhaus or Constructivist building is the Zuev Workers Club, built in 1927. ER recently did nice story about the new Moscow tram line being built on that street. Building still there, now painted… pink!

  12. komar says:

    hallo alice gibt es dich wirklich oder bist du ein fake???

  13. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Yup, wonder how many of these poor people survived the purges, the GULAG, and the war.

  14. Anonyme says:

    Waw, très sympa.

  15. pablo says:

    Son fotos del recuerdo pero se ve mucha pobreza, las personas tienen el rostro de temor de haber sufrido mucho por algún régimen, si me equivoco me disculpan

  16. al says:

    Seems the communist ideal was for everyone to have touched up rosy cheeks.
    Nice staged photos of the survivors, shame there was more bad news on the way.

  17. Kirils Smelkovs says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! Never seen anything like it before.
    Those puppets must be also some kind of propaganda, ridiculing “unwanted elements in socialist society”. It says Museum exhibit of 1937″in the picture of “Shopping center “Progress”. Small letters in a puppets hands say “a personal interest” in rhyme. So it is either some kind of projection, meaning those type of people will vanish by 1937 or it is indeed ’37.
    Beautifully taken and hand painted photos!

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