2 Caucasus Black Sea coast in 1983

Caucasus Black Sea coast in 1983

  A set of cards released by the Ministry of Communications of the USSR in 1983 is dedicated to the region that used to have a generalized "resort" name at the time – the Caucasus Black Sea coast. Towns, villages and resorts from Anapa to Batumi administratively related to different areas, regions and republics, but for holidaymakers it was just the Black Sea coast. Visitors were both those who went "to the seaside" after getting a "whatever they had" ticket and those who traveled exclusively to the Caucasian coast. There were, of course, the adherents of the Crimea as well. These two regions replaced Turkey and
Egypt for Soviet citizens (unfortunately, there was no alternative to Thailand in the USSR, and our fellow citizens discovered the delights of winter beach holiday only in the 90th). Apart from vacations in the Crimea and the Caucasus, there was "the land of evergreen tomatoes" – Baltics with Jurmala. There will be more publications about the Crimea and the Baltic states, but now, to celebrate the beginning of summer, please welcome the postcards of the Caucasian Black Sea coast. Notes are original. Photos by V. Panov 1. View of the Cape Pitsunda (photo by R. Ozersky)
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1 Foreign Celebrities in the USSR

Foreign Celebrities in the USSR

The arrival of foreign stars in the Soviet Union was a significant event. It was significant both for Soviet citizens, and for the star. Foreign celebrities came to
our country on tour or filming, to participate in festivals, and some of them came even as tourists. Often foreign celebrities came to festivals
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4 Abandoned Secret Facility Entrace

Abandoned Secret Facility Entrace

This place was top secret in USSR times. It is underground, among the Moscow subway stations and long underground escalators which lead down from
the entrance. Even now Armahema, the author of the photos, refuses to tell us the details of this place. He only lets us see the photos.
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9 Soviet Sailors During Rest

Soviet Sailors During Rest

In Soviet times sailors often used their ships surfaces as a playground and even sometimes as a beach like
this Admiral Kuznetsov photo above. So let's see what the sailors were up to during their rest hours.
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6 Bloody and Cringeworthy Soviet Accident Prevention Posters

Bloody and Cringeworthy Soviet Accident Prevention Posters

The purpose of a good accident prevention poster is to place fear in the hearts and minds of workers, to make them fear breaking the rules, show them where breaking the rules can
take them. And some of those classy vintage Soviet workplace posters are right on point with this. See them here, translated for you. First one above says "Take away your hair".
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2 White Brick Moscow Before the Great Fire

White Brick Moscow Before the Great Fire

As we know, the Russian capital, Moscow, was destroyed by fire in the early 19th century. Napoleon raided the city and also burned it. So basically the city we know now is different from what it was more than 200 years ago. Most of the
buildings were made out of "white stone", including the Kremlin. Of course there are no photos of this time, but there are plenty of vintage engraved pictures of those times which we have here for your viewing pleasure.
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7 Russia: now and hundred years ago, same places juxtaposed

Russia: now and hundred years ago, same places juxtaposed

Some people took an effort to take shots of the same places famous Russian photographer Prokudin-Gorsky has caught on
camera over hundred years ago. They travelled there, framed everything exactly as it was. The result is pretty cool!
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4 Afghan Landing Was a Trick Invented by Soviet Pilots to Land 200 Ton Planes Very Quick to Avoid Being Hit by Missiles

Afghan Landing Was a Trick Invented by Soviet Pilots to Land 200 Ton Planes Very Quick to Avoid Being Hit by Missiles

While landing, planes are very vulnerable to missile attacks from the ground. Especially when they are landing in Afghanistan. Especially during war time. Especially if those planes are huge transport IL-76 planes. So over time, Soviet pilots have developed a unique method to land their 150 ton heavy planes. They call it "An
Afghan Landing". A huge IL-76 comes to the landing strip from the opposite side, then makes a very sharp turn and... lands! Just a crazy trick for such a huge plane. Take a look at an actual Afghan landing made in Kabul, Afghanistan airport in 1989. Also inside is one more video from outside:
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15 Russian Colorized Photos of 1900-1955

Russian Colorized Photos of 1900-1955

Some enthusiasts indulge in colorzing old Russian photos. Here we have a collection of the best such works for the photos in the period of 1900 till 1955. Different eras,
different people but the effect of colorization make them much closer to us. It's real magic how adding color makes the photos truly alive. Check it out!
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10 Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Russian cosmonaut Gagarin helmet mystery

Russian blogger and photographer Marina was wondering on Yuri Gagarin's helmet  - why on some photos it has CCCP (USSR) sign on it and some photos show just white helmet with no letters
or whatsoever. Was the sign was "photoshopped" later? Were the photos doctored by Russian mass media? She went to the museum to find out the truth and this is what she got!
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