Old good days


Everybody knows that times of Soviet Union were really tough ones because of many different things. Shortage of goods in stores, low wages, and all the products were the same. But there was something really dear and open-armed back then. Many people living now in entirely different country miss those times hardly.


And despite all that drawbacks these people could content themselves with things they got. Just look at these happy faces. People worked hard and were glad to receive their hand-to-mouth salary and after that buy something to cheer their kids up.

That is because all the people of once such a strong country were living not for the good of money but for the good of the country and were making everything out of their conscience. They tried to flourish the country up and were totally satisfied with all the crop their country yield for them.

Just a single look on something far-back gives the feeling of pleasure to a person who lived and saw all these thing with his own eyes. By the way, some Soviet things are still popular in modern Russia they though they are considered to be a classic.

But there are some remainders that lived through all these long years and survived now. These shots are the only things for most of the Soviet people to remember it by. Enjoy.




























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28 thoughts on “Old good days”

    • That is true only a very small part of the time but definitely not all the time!

      It depends on the subject of the photographs and who happens to look at them!

  1. Kirov, remember that not all Polish people are nationalists. I’m Polish and I like Russian people, culture and this site too. Don’t allow politicians and nationalist minorities on both sides to make hate between Polish and Russian people.

    Pictures above are really sweet 🙂

  2. Hah… I dont see any kind of shortage of goods in stores, low wages, and all these same products on this photos. Does anybody see such things here? Maybe it’s time to open yours eyes and stop thinking in cliche style!?
    Sorry. Thanks.

  3. here we do not talk about “former regime” today’s democracy is not a democracy. it’s only a title to control the masses and it was the same thing for former communist regime too.
    I am from Turkey in these days everything is very confusing.Something manuplating the people in my country. and I feel you feel the same way.

  4. I enjoy seeing photos of people from Soviet times. In the west we had this idea that Soviet citizens led miserable joyless lives and were virtually slaves to the state. It is nice to see photos of them being regular people.

    I am amazed at the KISS poster in the dorm room in 1980. How would a Soviet have heard KISS?

  5. People will always try and make the best of their situation. Anywhere you go in the world, there is an inner spirit that wants to be free from bondage. The Soviets served their people mediocrity and the people lived in mediocrity, never knowing that the opportunity to make life better for everyone could exist if government would just get out of the way and leave people alone. All of these wonderful Russians were denied freedom to make their lives better, to be free live their lives with their families as they wanted.

  6. No matter how hard it was for russian people to live in soviet era, their experiences in that time will remain good memory unless one didn’t suffer from Gulag or Stalin’s Purge.

    Indeed, this moderation of past experience of hard times is globally universal phenomenon. Human has a tendency to cherish one’s own past experiences as good(at least tolerable)one.

    In addition, happiness is felt by mind(or heart), NOT by your intestines which feel hungry or satiety. It’s natural that modern russian people miss old times.

    But it would be just nostalgia.

  7. Im Canadien and love the Russian People, All people.

    What can we do. Pray…it’s worked many times,Peace.

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