28 thoughts on “Private Photos Of the USSR Inhabitants”

    • Actually, I think they are all from Russia, even the glamorous ones. Russia was versatile, don’t stick to stereotypes it was a harsh grey place with no place for fun or high end social life. But if you could point onto one, please, share you opinion….

      • The one of the girl, in 1960’s gear, posing withthe round suitcase is a still from the American film ‘Almost Famous’. http://www.listal.com/viewimage/105723h

  1. @Peter: I’m sure all of this photos were shot in Soviet Union. You could search with tineye.com to prove.

    And yes, all these wonderful people looks really happy (compared to modern people in Russia and exUSSR). Though detected a few scaring photos from late 80s (when Perestroyka was going).

    • In some places up north people don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun so the kids are standing in front of lights to get there some artificial sun. Hope that answers it.

  2. Many of these are from a National Geographic book called “A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union” I am sure you can find the book some place.Itgives info for every photo.Not all the pics are from that book though.

  3. Man i Love the pictures with the big huge dogs. I have one exactly like it when i was around 5 standing near my grandfathers avcharka.

  4. Private photos? As in snapshots by non-professionals, or photos of everyday life, because to my eye they’re definitely taken by professionals with dedicated equipment and a quick eye. Either way, they are great photos, especially the one at the top.

  5. Why why why such a series always comprises the same (but exactly same) images. My guess is that not staged happy faces of Soviet folk you can find on these 20-30 pictures only.

  6. It is more harsh now and it has never been grey, but in USSR life was much brighter. I was born and grew up at the time you see on the pictures. I can’t be more grateful to fate that I lived in the soviet time. People lived in brotherhood… open, friendly, responsive, united brotherhood. People were much happier in USSR. We never closed our house doors as neighbors were always welcomed. Kids were more independent and designated: Octobrists and Pioneers responsible for waste paper collection, recycling, helping veterans and old people, planting trees and flower beds. I loved Saturday volunteer neighborhood clean-ups! We played so many outside games, kids don’t know them now. I look at the pictures and my heart jumps high. I miss it. It was a beautiful and fun life! I love USSR.

  7. I think it’s true – the life in these fotos, people were happier then now, nowadays u can see in russia a lot of upset and depressive people. imho ussr made a serious mistake helping for many coutries like Afganistan (look for tonnel through the Mountain), Mongolia, Cuba etc – it was about 70 and financed many revolutions in 70ths. if ussr after the war worked for himself and developed social and technological spheres, people would not be unsatisfied in their country and they would have fight for ussr and defended him

  8. Very sad picture: people on the train, reading newspapers (color). Look like peple cheated by perestrojka who see no way out.

  9. The black-and-white photo of a huge gathering in metro is, I assume, from October 1941. The Germans were close to Moscow and Stalin held the academy in the Metro Station due to likely bombardment. Please correct me if I am wrong.

  10. Yes, we were not rich…financially. But we were
    1000 times richer in spirit. You could not find any other country whose citizens were so open,
    friendly, educated..

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