I have here a collection of vintage Russian circus posters and wonder if other are as interested in them as I am. In my opinion, in the Soviet past the circuses could be sort of little islands of freedom, especially in the early Soviet years. They offered entertainment (and entertainments were controlled by the state, at the time), they travelled to different cities (and wandering around without a fixed place of residence was considered a crime, as far as I recall). I tried to research a
little, and it seems that there are more people sharing the same opinion - like Olga Sviblova, the head of the art and multimedia museum in Moscow, quoted as saying that "Circus and sports were the only two spots in Soviet 1930s that had freedom". And so the vintage Russian circus posters to me look different to most of the other Soviet posters - both propaganda and advertisement. I find the circus posters much more vivid and real in detail. So here they are:
I think that in Russia most people believe that basically Moscow is much better in terms of quality of life when compared to the rest of the country. I believe it's sort of normal to think that people in Moscow have higher salaries, better roads, get better healthcare, have the biggest stores, buy world recognized luxury brands, etc. Such people might
be surprised to learn that even in Moscow there are places like the place in these photos. Like some magical circle, the part of Moscow with 386 people is enclosed by triple circular rows of railways. Built in 1932 to be used as a test site, the trains cut the settlement out of the outer world and out of the rest of Moscow.
The builder-enthusiast from Minsk, Belarus, built this house all by himself, reportedly. As the story goes, he goes to the construction site in the Belorussian village every weekend. He takes a train from his city, then travels two
kilometers on foot. He has been managing this project for ten years already. Locals call it "a fairytale castle" because a thousand glass bottles and other not very usual decoration pieces have been used in its construction.
When "Perestroika" - a term coined by Mikhail Gorbachev, was a trend in one large country, another "Perestroika" which literary means "rebuilding" was conceived by the engineers of Minsk Auto Factory or MAZ, one of the largest Soviet truck manufacturers. This somehow unusual looking truck is
"Perestroika" itself. You might have already noticed a gap between the truck's cab and the headlights, that is because the truck was not one solid truck but rather a set of modules or blocks that could be conjoined. Let me try to explain what this Perestroika truck was about.