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    Photos from the "old days"
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    A friend linked to these on FB. These were taken in Minsk (then the capital of Belorussia, a "republic" in the USSR, now a capitol of the independent Belarus) in 1985-87.

    That's the Chernobyl era (which was on the Ukrainian side of the border but only a couple of hundred miles away). We left about a decade earlier but very little changed up until perestroika of 1987, when the private businesses became legal.

    https://news.tut.by/society/651387.h...hb6wy8Gk_GLaZ4


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    Fascinating little timecapsule of images! Thanks for sharing it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grug View Post
    Fascinating little timecapsule of images! Thanks for sharing it.
    Thanks.

    They remind me that all the family photos we have from there are in black and white. Nowadays, the photogs shoot on Canon and Nikon and whatnot and everything sort of looks like everywhere else. But back then everyone, with the exception of the nationally recognized masters, shot on the Soviet equipment and Soviet film and neither was of the highest quality, which added to the overall perception of that time.


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    Some of these are more uplifting, some not. Late-70's/early-80's.

    http://picworld.ru/?p=15249
    Last edited by DLD; 09-03-2019 at 12:28 AM. Reason: 80's ...


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    526525428_12.jpg

    (From the second link, where each shot can be enlarged)

    He is not dead.


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    In 1959, during the Khrushchev Thaw era, Christian Dior and a coterie of his models visited Moscow.

    Christian+Dior+in+Moscow,+June+1959+(53).jpg

    Yes, those were aliens from outer space ... or, to be more exact, France.

    PS. These photos appeared in Life Magazine, so they're available on the internet too.


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    Staged PR shots about the good life (mostly from the 1950's)

    https://maxim-nm.livejournal.com/555...IxzQs7hgQ98w34


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    Neat bit of time capsule there

    I can read Cyrillic, but my Russian (and/or Ukranian... Mongolian too for that matter) are horrible to nonexistant. That's it's own fun exercise in decription
    Pudgy bearded camera guy
    http://mcbob.tv


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    Quote Originally Posted by mcbob View Post
    Neat bit of time capsule there

    I can read Cyrillic, but my Russian (and/or Ukranian... Mongolian too for that matter) are horrible to nonexistant. That's it's own fun exercise in decription
    Most of those are staunchly anti-old times. The last page belongs to a fairly well-known blogger from Minsk. His point was that these old photo-ops were still showing a miserly lifestyle.

    Which gave me an idea to look for videos. Apropos that it's a reply to McBob.



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    The same Minsk blogger seems to have a beef with the Soviet fashion. I wonder why. It looks so .... haute couture.

    https://maxim-nm.livejournal.com/556...M9fOutUphBIn64


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