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Russia: Moscow Half a Century Ago

LJ user fool_4_lifetime found a rare photo album in a Moscow dump – Im Flug nach Moskau, by Erich Einhorn, ARTIA, 1959 – and scanned and posted 60 spreads of Moscow photos from it in the moya_moskva (My Moscow) LJ community. (Warning: bandwidth intensive!)

Here is one of the photos:

And here are some comments from other bloggers:

[…]

angel_y: A golden dump you've got! Would you mind sharing the address? )))))

[…]

onair: We used to have an amazingly beautiful city. A huge thanks to you, you've done a great deed.

gr_s: We used to have a diverse city. The photos that were allowed to be included in the album are beautiful, yes.

[…]

psych_dima: Thank you! The [woman] with a cow is especially good (is that the area of Leninsky Prospekt?), it reminded me of my childhood, when the villages began almost next to the [subway station Leninsky Prospekt] (that used to be the edge of Moscow until 1960). =)))

[…]

bogantsev: It's incredible how everyone's [overexcited about the photos]. We have fountains, and the athletes, and the wonderful, smiling faces!

And it's true that if you need to and when you need to, you can turn Moscow into Paris. But [these are pure lies!] This is what propaganda is! So why are you [so credulous]? [At that time], we had just rolled our tanks out of Budapest, half the country had just been released from prison camps – and you're asking for the smiling Moscow.

And the most amazing thing about it is that if you got hold of the literature from those times and of similar content, you'd turn your noses and take [Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn] instead. But with the photos, everyone's feeling nostalgic!

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