Vintage: Leningrad

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Yet another postcard without a date. But I do love this one!

Saint Petersburg, previously known as Leningrad is Russia’s second largest city. On November 7, 1917, the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, stormed the Winter Palace in an event known thereafter as the October Revolution, which led to the end of the post-Tsarist provisional government, the transfer of all political power to the Soviets, and the rise of the Communist Party. After that the city acquired a new descriptive name, “the city of three revolutions”, referring to the three major developments in the political history of Russia of the early 20th century. And that’s where the name Leningrad (literally “The city of Lenin”) comes from. Talking about the communistic megalomania… 😀

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Nu, pogodi!

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— Заяц! ЗА-АЕ-ЕЦ, ТЫ МЕНЯ СЛЫШИШЬ?
— Слышу, слышу.
— Ну, заяц, – погоди!

How many of you remember this legendary Soviet animated series? 😀 And for those of you who have never heard of “Nu, pogodi!” – that was the “Tom and Jerry” on the other side of the Iron Curtain. My parents grew up with Volk and Zayats, I grew up with them too, even though I was born after the fall of communism. That’s how big they were! And this card, well, it’s one of my all time favorites. Big thanks to Natalya, who sent it to me. 😀

Vintage: 20 years since Yuri Gagarin’s flight

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A 1981 commemorative postcard with matching stamps and a first day cover – what a gem! 😀

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

In his post-flight report, Gagarin recalled his experience of spaceflight, having been the first human in space: “The feeling of weightlessness was somewhat unfamiliar compared with Earth conditions. Here, you feel as if you were hanging in a horizontal position in straps. You feel as if you are suspended.”

Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honour.

 

The Moscow Metro

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This Russian subway map card came from Gaby from Germany (via Postcrossing). A nice addition to my subway map card collection. 😀

The Moscow Metro  is a rapid transit system serving Moscow, Russia and the neighbouring Moscow Oblast towns of Krasnogorsk and Reutov. Opened in 1935 with one 11-kilometre line and 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union. As of 2013, the Moscow Metro has 188 stations and its route length is 313.1 km. The system is mostly underground, with the deepest section 74 metres at the Park Pobedy station. The Moscow Metro is the world’s third most heavily used rapid transit system after Tokyo subway and Seoul Metropolitan Subway.