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1950-1980 USSR home interior in painting

USSR home interior in painting. Agafya Belaya (1975). In the morning

USSR home interior in painting. Soviet Artist Agafya Belaya (1975). In the morning

1950-1980 USSR home interior in painting of Soviet artists

Soviet era interior and way of life of the fifties-eighties of the 20th century, depicted in the paintings of Soviet artists, like magic window, show our Soviet past. Our memory will forever cherish the atmosphere, life, and details of the house where we were born, spent our childhood and youth. Rooms of our grandparents, our parents’ apartment, favorite garden (dacha), where summer was eternal and we wanted to laugh from the children’s happiness. For born in the USSR, they are unforgettable images of native homes, where there was always light, comfort, and hospitality. To this house you always want to come back.
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30 June Soviet Youth Day

Soviet Youth Day, USSR postage stamp of 1958 (green)

Soviet Youth Day, USSR postage stamp of 1958 (green)

30 June – Soviet Youth Day, favorite holiday of all young people in the USSR, still celebrated in every city and town of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The history of the “Soviet Youth Day” dates back February 7, 1958, after the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union “On Establishing Soviet Youth Day”. That decree ordered to celebrate Youth Day every year on the last Sunday of June. The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union put the main task for the festive events on the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League. At that time, as all the administrative units of the Soviet Union of Soviet Socialist Republics celebrated “Day of Soviet Youth” together, but after perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the situation has changed. Since independence, some former Soviet republics transferred this feast to the next day, some have changed its name, and some have abolished it. However, there are those who sought to preserve the best traditions inherent in the rule of the Communist Party. Due to this, at the moment, on the last Sunday of June the Day of Youth is celebrated in Belarus and Ukraine.
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Red Carnation revolutionary flower

Red Carnation revolutionary flower

A traditional greeting card. Red Carnation revolutionary flower

Red Carnation revolutionary flower.
History has turned carnation into a revolutionary flower of proletariat. After the events of February 1917, the decision of Moscow printers of Russian Social Democratic Workers’ Party of bolsheviks was to issue cardboard badges in the form of red carnation. In addition, there was inscription: “Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies.” They have become a kind of leaflets calling for a fight against the Provisional Government. Meanwhile, the badges spread quickly, and the money went on the needs of the revolution. In particular, soldiers storming the Winter Palace in the days of the October fighting, pinned to clothing red ribbon, folded in the shape of carnations. And on the eve of May Day 1918, in memory of the fallen heroes appeared a set of red carnation badges. These badges have long been a rarity.
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USSR Automotive Industry

USSR Automotive Industry. March 16, 1936 - in the USSR at the Gorky Automobile Plant was produced the first Soviet passenger car M-1

USSR Automotive Industry. March 16, 1936 – in the USSR at the Gorky Automobile Plant was produced the first Soviet passenger car M-1

The Soviet Union journal sometimes published articles about the different types of cars and trucks, produced in the USSR. Articles were accompanied by photographs showing the production of cars at the Soviet factories. The USSR Automotive Industry can be rightfully called a child of the Soviet power. In tsarist Russia there was no automobile, except for attempts to organize the production of passenger cars in the Russian-Baltic Shipyard – attempts that ended in failure: over 6 years this company produced 450 cars …. Thus, the Soviet Union has created a new industry, that already in 1937 produced more than 200 000 vehicles, ahead of the production of trucks in England, France, Germany.
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Samantha Smith visiting Soviet Union

Samantha Smith visiting Soviet Union. Soviet woman-cosmonaut, Hero of the USSR Valentina Tereshkova and Samantha Smith, 1983

Samantha Smith visiting Soviet Union. Soviet woman-cosmonaut, Hero of the USSR Valentina Tereshkova and Samantha Smith, 1983

Samantha Smith visiting Soviet Union
“Dear Mr. Andropov,
My name is Samantha Smith… I would like to know why you want to conquer the world or at least our country”…

Samantha’s letter was sent to the Soviet Union in November 1982, and in early 1983 – the newspaper “Pravda” published it. Samantha was happy when she found out about it. April 25, 1983 – Soviet leader Yuri Andropov invited American girl Samantha Smith and her parents to the Soviet Union. Samantha Reed Smith (1972-1985) – beautiful and brave American schoolgirl from Maine, has become world famous thanks to the letter, which she wrote to the General Secretary of the CPSU in the midst cold war. For two weeks, the Smiths spent in the Soviet Union, Goodwill Ambassador Samantha visited Moscow, Leningrad and chief pioneer camp “Artek” in Crimea. In the camp “Artek” she lived like all Soviet children, wore a traditional pioneer form. She liked it very much, and took it to the US. Although seriously ill Andropov never met Samantha, they talked on the phone.
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Nostalgia for the great country

We are different, but we are together. USSR 15 republics

We are different, but we are together. Nostalgia for the great country

Nostalgia for the great country – the USSR, which we lost 25 years ago.
Looking through the comments on one of the most popular social sites, I’ve noticed that the more time passes, the more nostalgic sentiment appears in people born in the USSR. This publication – a tribute to the great country that we have lost. It was 25 years ago, the whole generation was raised not knowing about the Soviet way of life. And we understand people who can compare life in a modern society with the life in the USSR. Surprisingly, nostalgia for the Soviet Union is felt even among young people, who have never lived in the Soviet Union. Their arguments in favor of the USSR are inherited from parents and based on many other factors. The Soviet Union was a more efficient country in respect of social welfare, equality, confidence in the future than in today’s Russia. In the USSR was worshiped internationalism, the friendship of the peoples. People were kinder, morality and culture were at a higher level. Soviet society – a family-like society. Man to man was a friend, comrade and brother. Crime was much lower, salary was stable, and no unemployment. The TV did not show any rubbish. The idea united all, regardless of gender, race, nationality, and social status. There wasn’t a huge gap between people financially. There were wonderful inspirational Soviet films unsurpassed until now. Of course, this gives rise to Nostalgia for the great country.
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Golden Era of Soviet Radiola

Golden Era of Soviet Radiola

Golden Era of Soviet Radiola

Golden Era of Soviet Radiola was in the 1940s – 1970s. Most commonly known as Radiograms, in the USSR it was called Radiola – household electronic device, constructively uniting a radio receiver and electrophone. Nostalgic apparatus of a bygone era, still used, though rarely, in a retro style country house, or dacha. Though it is more than 50 years old, it still works fine. Sometimes it’s nice to listen to the old vinyl record or any radio station, wandering in the memories of the lovely distant.
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