3 thoughts on “Leningrad As Seen By Foreign Tourists Back in the 1960s”

  1. Leningrad is not bad. I have distant family there. It has a very vibrant cultural vibe to it. Even to this day some of the best Russian singers and artists come out of this former capital of Russian Empire. The only problem with it is that it’s so damn cold there in the winter. Very low temperatures combined with bone freezing winds. Frozen piles of snow sometimes remain until May. Chicago is a heaven in comparison.

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  2. I can’t help but look at the middle-aged men in these pictures and think that only 20 years earlier they were all on the front, protecting their country.

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  3. The rainy picture of the streetcar sums up USSR cities in the 1960’s – massive streets with virtually no cars on them. When I went to Moscow in 1967, I was shocked. These were the people we were spending half our national budget in fear of? Education gap -space race gap – military gap – seriously? The whole place looked like some poverty stricken third world country (compared to say Los Angeles or New York) and the people I met assured me that Moscow got the best of EVERYTHING! Long lines into a butcher shop with very little to sell or the GUM store that only had two types of wrist watch available and they didn’t have a band (you had to try to get that in another area) Times change………………

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