85 thoughts on “The Old Moscow”

      • They do that in the hope of provoking a response. The angrier the better. Usually just kids who are 13 – 17 years old.

        I think it is best to ignore them so they get bored and stop or continue elsewhere. Even better is a website administrator who removes these kind of posts but I don’t think visitors of this site have that luxury, unfortunately.

  1. Full Set “Old Moscow” (>150 photos):

  2. I love sets like this, you could look at each picture for so long, picking out all the little details. They’re really informative.

  3. Excellent photos. Thanks to the poster.

    On a lighter note . . . notice the flowers painted on the trucks in photos 32 and 37. Reminds me of photos of American “hippie” cars and vans in the 1960s and early 1970s.

    John from Kansas, I think that’s more evidence of the covert Soviet influence behind the “counter-culture” movement in western Europe and the USA. Did you paint flowers on your van? 🙂 🙂

    • Psychedelic Art originated in the U.S. Its widespread use in corporate advertising influenced popular art around the world. This was more my style…

    • I’m not so sure I connect the hippie counter-culture movement that directly, sorry. It is true that the counter-culture movement was certainly CO-OPTED in many ways by communistic and socialistic organizations but in the beginning the movement was much more about spirituality than politics.
      It was in direct opposition to the overly stiff moral codes of the previous era which were awash in hypocrisy.
      Every age has a rebellious internal core.

      There is no doubt that the Soviets sought to capitalize upon the revolutionary ideology of the American 1960’s but had we not been involved in the Cold War and a senseless war in Vietnam I believe we still would have seen a Renaissance and an awakening of sorts regardless, and the communists would have had less of a foothold.

      The idea that painting flowers on a motor vehicle is somehow a nod to communism, well it just makes one wonder if the author of the post sees “a commie” around every corner.

      Joe McCarthy was wrong, even when he was right.

      • Lighten up, and see the “On a lighter note” introduction to the comment you responded to. John and I have an ongoing debate about politics. I think he’s a smart guy, in spite of being somewhat misled, and he knew very well my tongue was in my cheek when I wrote that. 🙂

  4. Someone forgot the leg on the R in the word METRO!


    Also, I love the picture of the word PEACE in many languages on about the 17th pic from the top… There’s a huge banner with peace in many languages MIR PEACE PAZ etc. with tanks rolling out on Red Square. Doesn’t seem very peaceful to me…

    • I like picture 17 also, especially the picture in the picture. The picture of the guy with his fist in the air and the star above it is a perfect example of why I love soviet realism art. I mean how can that not be a powerful message? Whatever it says.

    • I know Jan Christopher. I’ve been to Moscow and learned to read Russian during my seven weeks stay.

      I was just being silly. Gosh!

    • Dear wackyruss…I thought you might be interested in knowing that METPO is how you spell METRO in Russian…the letter that looks like an Enlish “P” makes an R sound in Russian…you may have just been joking in which case nevermind. 🙂

      • Yeah. I was joking. Teehee.

        I am eternally amused by Cyrillic letters. It is so close to our own alphabet, yet so different at the same time…

  5. I’m curious about the decorations on the Christmas tree–ten photos up from the bottom. Does anyone know what the flags represent?

    They look kind of like 1) St. George’s Cross, 2) Scandinavian Cross, 3) Noord-Brabant province of the Netherlands, and then the last one, white with a circle near the end, I have no idea about (looks kind of like a misprinted post-WW2 Japanese flag). 🙂

    It made me wonder if it was just coincidence, or if the person lived in the north near the Scandinavian countries and maybe felt more of a historical/cultural connection to them.

    Any ideas?

    • For me they look like the same flaggs one sees on the ships, so I am pretty sure they have some navigational meaning, but what kind, don´t know…

    • That’s something I was wondering about also, isn’t religion fobidden in Communist socities? Having a Christmas tree is a direct link to Christianity.

      • After revolution official celebrating of Christmas have cancelled. In 30-x have decided to revive this good tradition, but in a little changed kind. To celebrate so steels not Christmas, and New Year. But too with a fur-tree, gifts, the Ded Moroz (Russian version of Santa)
        New Year – became the most important holiday of the country.
        And now the Christmas is celebrated poorly, and New Year – the most important holiday

  6. Does anyone know what movie they are filming on the pictures where (jazz?)band is playing on the convertible. And I thought Jazz was forbitten in the SU.

    • Jazz tried to oppress in the beginning 30, but have then ceased. If who is interested – on this theme still the Soviet film – ‘ Mi iz jaza ‘ (1982) – about jazz formation in the USSR in 30th years.

  7. Great photos!

    Can anyone identify the building in photo #13 (building on corner, in color, below photo of horse/metro)? I came back with a lithograph of an artist’s depiction of a street scene, and now I think it was this building that was in the artwork.

    Also: the girl with the unicyclists? Krasivaya!

    • It not the bus. It is a trolley bus.
      Before war in Moscow were 2 floor trolley buses, but after war them have cleaned for any reasons and began to use the usual.

  8. Thank you so much for posting these photos. This is the very reason why I enjoy this website so much. Also, these photos gave me a link to yet another interesting Russian website, http://www.webpark.ru. Thanks again! 🙂

  9. Красaвица means a beautiful woman
    Krasivaya means “beautiful” only applicable to female gender. u pronounce every letter, so say it like you read it, in english that is.

  10. Very nice pics! Most interesting website ever.
    Pictures seems a bit like propaganda – I doubt the average Moscowite experienced life like this.
    Very nice.

    • Not 58, and 59.

      British Field-Marshall Bernard Montgomery wrote that Skobelev was the world’s “ablest single commander” between 1870 and 1914 and called him a “skilful and inspiring” leader.

    • Not 58, and 59.
      British Field-Marshall Bernard Montgomery wrote that Skobelev was the world’s “ablest single commander” between 1870 and 1914 and called him a “skilful and inspiring” leader.
      >>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Skobelev

      • I say ” he should die in battle” because he’s horse has two front legs on air and I use to tink that was made wen the hero in self die in battle, but this guy ( thanks for the link GIN) die by a heart attack apparently. But maybe that was made by inspiration of he’s courage.

  11. We have a time machine called “Camera” ! cool


  12. Very interesting photos. Moscow is obviously a huge city. I understand the city is about the size of New York city here in the US. One question though, several pictures showed large parades with many thousands of spectators. Mobs of people lining the streets. I don’t know what those parades were for, as there was no explanations accompanying the photos. Just curious what parades were celebrating. I do believe the photos were from the 40’s or 50’s. Anyway, thanks for the interesting photo show !

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