Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

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.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

First of all, all the photos are extremely widescreen, so don’t be shy to click on them to see the fullscreen image!

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

People working on bringing water to Soviet farms.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

An oil industry worker at his job.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

A man is checking the oil level in the freshly drilled well.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

A big hydro electric power plant is being built!

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Another power plant in 1952. A lot of them were built at that time.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

25 ton heavy trucks helping to construct the power plants.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

A leading construction worker at home with his family.

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Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

At that time they were pumping oil from this area across the Volga river basin.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

The newly built Zhigulevsk city. It lent its name to one of the first Ladas, which was also produced in this region.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Another photo of the construction of a hydro power plant.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

“We will cover the Volga by October”. Builders promise to make the dam by October.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

This is a dam that they constructed.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

A railroad train driver.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

The dam and hydropower plant is almost finished.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Chief engineer of the power plant.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Here, the power plant is almost ready, even the lawns are mowed.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

An excavator driver.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

A dam from above.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

One of the power generator rotors producing electricity at this plant. See how small the people are to understand the scale.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

and now imagine the scale of this room!

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

The power plant at night!

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

And now the city itself – Samara.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

It was called Kuibishev in the 1950s.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Lumber floating down the great river Volga

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

A river port of Tolliati city.

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Construction of the Great Volga Hydro Power Plant and Vintage Photos of Samara

Hope you liked these vintage photos!

 

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