Some vintage photos of the Samara region by Semyon Friedland, one of the renowned photographers of the 1950’s and1960’s – the era of Soviet renaissance, the country was developing at an extremely high pace, building hundreds of new towns and cities, factories and plants, making breakthroughs in science and space exploration. A huge Volga Samara hydro power plant was also built here at that time and here we can see its construction in gorgeous ultra wide screen resolution! What a time! Now the Samara region in a viewfinder and let’s see a bit of history from there.
First of all, all the photos are extremely widescreen, so don’t be shy to click on them to see the fullscreen image!
People working on bringing water to Soviet farms.
An oil industry worker at his job.
A man is checking the oil level in the freshly drilled well.
A big hydro electric power plant is being built!
Another power plant in 1952. A lot of them were built at that time.
25 ton heavy trucks helping to construct the power plants.
A leading construction worker at home with his family.
At that time they were pumping oil from this area across the Volga river basin.
The newly built Zhigulevsk city. It lent its name to one of the first Ladas, which was also produced in this region.
Another photo of the construction of a hydro power plant.
“We will cover the Volga by October”. Builders promise to make the dam by October.
This is a dam that they constructed.
A railroad train driver.
The dam and hydropower plant is almost finished.
Chief engineer of the power plant.
Here, the power plant is almost ready, even the lawns are mowed.
An excavator driver.
A dam from above.
One of the power generator rotors producing electricity at this plant. See how small the people are to understand the scale.
and now imagine the scale of this room!
The power plant at night!
And now the city itself – Samara.
It was called Kuibishev in the 1950s.
Lumber floating down the great river Volga
A river port of Tolliati city.
Hope you liked these vintage photos!