What did an ordinary Soviet living room look like back in the 70s? The living room belonging to some granny. One Russian girl did a great job to show you how it looked. Her miniature project, made in 1:12 scale, is very impressive. The
author used foam board, balsa, veneer, adhesive tape, LEDs, natural silk, bamboo, glass, mirrors, acrylic paints, wire, leather, various caps and cans... And only the sewing machine was store-bought. The details are awesome!
Lumber and saw wood production in Soviet Union was a pretty big thing. First because there was (and is!) a huge amount of natural resource for this, and the second is because of the constant state of construction going on. Also the foreign neighboring countries lack such endless woods
on their territory, so they had to buy the wood from somewhere and the Soviet state was exporting. Arkhangelsk city was one such center for this industry, and these are the photos from back in 1958, showing the scale of how much wood was prepared and handled.
Even in our age of developed industrial technologies the appearance of the larger man made objects being assembled out of steel touches me, when the people working on the ship or submarine are hundreds of times smaller than the metal giant they are building. So I can imagine how impressive this was a hundred years
ago when it was fresh and those achievements of human engineering were just popping up for the first time. Building something half the size of the Titanic in a wooden barn really should look tremendously awesome for the ones who could take a peek inside. We can take a look inside, too.
Semyon Fridlan was a Russian photographer that worked at the state owned magazine, OGONYOK. He was a photographer who had the chance to travel to numerous Russian places and document in color life at the time. His topics of interest were out of different spheres - he took photos of people, of the cities, of plants and nature, art pieces and trains -
virtually everything he could find an inspiration in. They said at the time that his photos were lost but then at some point in time the American (!) researchers found his photos on Agfacolor film, they scanned them and published them. Thanks to this work we can get a glimpse of a country sixty years ago. Here we go:
How did a restaurant in Russia looked around hundred years ago. What type of gentlemen frequented the place and what did the interiors look like? Is it something similar to newly made, often kitschy eateries after almost eighty years of Soviet people eating in state-owned Stolovaias (all restaurants in USSR belonged to the Soviet state)? If you are curious
about these things (like I am) then you have a chance to take a look at "Luna-park". This is what a restaurant in Moscow was called at the beginning of the 20th century, before the Revolution, and this guy in the photo is its owner, as you probably has guessed already. Photos can be viewed in higher resolution by clicking on them.
Remember how we showed you a WW2 tank that they pulled out of the river? Yes, that was their fifty-fifth operation of pulling large WW2 machinery from the bottom of Russian rivers and lakes. However this is something different - this time another group of enthusiasts have pulled a real WW2 plane out of the lake and fully repaired it so that the plane that you can see in the air in the picture above is a real WW2 plane they recovered. The group of people went to the no man's land in distant parts
of Russia and pulled the old war plane from the bottom of a lake which didn't belong to anybody, then restored it investing some of their resources, and ultimately got a free plane! See how those Red star wings looked when they were freshly recovered from the lake mud. I find it interesting how they pull them out - they put car tires on the wings and around the body of the plane, then inflate them so that the plane rises up from the bottom. See it here:
A crowd of people has gathered on the Dvortsovaia (Palace) square in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Russian Tsar Nikolai II comes to the balcony in person to read the declaration of War. The Russian empire declares the war on Germany. The crowd meet the decision of entering into a war with patriotic joy and enthusiasm. Some people hold banners: "Slavic people unite!", "Let Serbia
Live!", "It is a Slavic Hour now!", "All for one and one for all!", "For Motherland!". See how it was with these wide screen documentary photos of the event that took place in the capital of Russia on August the 2nd, 1914. Three years before the emperor read another declaration of Abdication - causing Imperial Russia to cease to exist in 1917.