26 thoughts on “An Englishman In The USSR”

  1. Yeah, that’s my childhood. Things got much better after ’91. Good riddance to the USSR.

    It’s not just the absence of cars. There’s also the absence of ads and, more importantly, the absence of stores. There were practically no small businesses.

  2. Cool pictures, definitely gives people more insight to how much of a huge change has taken place since the Iron Curtain has fallen. The pictures offer up a window into another time and what seems another place entirely from what a city, town, or village would look like today..Props to the person who submitted these photos and Thank You

  3. The look of Russia then reminds me of the DDR in the early 1980s. That old Iron Curtain look.

    These photographs are of what caught the eye of the tourist visiting a strange land: they are meant to show what was interesting rather than have pretensions to art.

  4. Ah, memories. I’ve been on those trains — they were really great. Most toilets were perfectly fine, and in fact I’ve never seen one in such a state of disrepair, at least not in 1989. The best photo is the one of the metro (subway) station, photo 181 — looks like a museum, but in fact it’s just a normal metro station. Awesome.

  5. The photos are mine and I’m pleased to see them here and read all the comments. The quality is poor because they are scans of low-res paper photos often shot through windows- there was no such thing as digital in 1990.

    The full set with captions giving the locations are here:


    My photos of Berlin in 1990 are here:



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