The USSR of the 1950s

The USSR of the 1950s

Back in 1958, American photographer Howard Sochurek went on a voyage from Moscow to Astrakhan. During his trip, he took pictures of everyday life of the people which makes his ‘Volga River Essay’ specially interesting and valuable.

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Embarkment.

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The riverside station.

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These boats were designed specially for the canal.

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A bell tower in the city of Kalyazin, the Tver Region.

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Kalyazin, 1958.

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The captain

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Passengers.

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A riverside station.

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Makaryev Monastery, 1958.

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Kineshma, the Ivanovo Region.

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Lenin’s house which is now a museum, Ulyanovsk.

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‘Croquet’.

Lenin’s house which is now a museum, Ulyanovsk.

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A riverside station.

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Children from a kindergarten.

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People’s everyday life in an unknown city.

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It says about the country’s plans for 1958.

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The Volga River.

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Rafts.

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A farmer’s market in an unknown city.

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A lady selling fish.

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The Astrakhan Region.

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Astrakhan.

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They have just begun to restore the Kremlin in Astrakhan.

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A heartful welcome.

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The USSR of the 1950s

Some of the cities deserve more detailed description and these are photos of Yaroslavl taken by Howard Sochurek and Carl Mydans who visited the city in 1959.

So, in the picture there is Sloboda Korovniki, the Yaroslavl Region, 1959.

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Sloboda Korovniki, 2011.

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The central part of Yaroslavl, 1958.

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These riverside churches were built in the 17th century.

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The same embarkment in 1959.

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Saint Michael the Archangel Church, 1959.

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Transfiguration Monastery.

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Elijah Church, one of the symbols of Yaroslavl, 1958.

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A river in Yaroslavl. In the distance, you can see Sloboda Korovniki.

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A steamboat.

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A river crossing, 1959.

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The Kotorosl River.

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Yaroslavl, 1959.

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Summer in Yaroslavl, 1959.

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Mowing, 1959.

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Sloboda Korovniki, 1958.

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The USSR of the 1950s

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7 thoughts on “The USSR of the 1950s”

  1. Great photos. I see that women in the Soviet Union were wearing two-piece bathing suits in the 50s. In the U.S. at that time, a two-piece bathing suit was considered quite risque.

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  2. The boom years of Soviet socialism. Good health, high standard of living; the best of times in economics, in society, in science, in education during the 20th century.

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    • Yes, it was Mologa town, destroyed in 1935 with the construction of Rybins Reservior
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rybinsk_Reservoir

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