The Best Russian Books in English

Forget War and Peace: this blog offers reviews of fun and interesting Russian books in English, links to their Amazon pages, interviews with new and upcoming Russian authors, with the emphasis on Russian genre fiction: LitRPG, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, mystery and other popular reads.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rare pics of 1920s-1950s Moscow and Leningrad

If one picture is worth a thousand words, then this little collection is at least a novella! With kind permission from a Russian history expert and city guide Sergei, here're some happier summery images of Russia's two capital cities and their people.

Teenagers in Leningrad, 19 July 1925


Leningrad, CPKiO park, May 18 1930, by N. Yanov:


Leningrad, Neva Embankment, May 1932:


Leningrad, boat rental at CPKiO park:


Leningrad, CPKiO park, June 24 1934, greeting the Cheluskin hero crew, by V. Fedoseev:


Leningrad, CPKiO park, Elagin Ostrov, August 1936, by V. Fedoseev:


Leningrad, CPKiO park promenade, August 1937:


Leningrad, CPKiO park, May 22 1939, by B. Utkin:


Moscow, cafe terrace, 1930s, by E. Evzerikhin:


Moscow, Gorky park, 1930s, by E. Evzerikhin:


Moscow, Gorky park, boy on bike, 1930s, by E. Evzerikhin:


Moscow, park, 1930s, boat, by E. Evzerikhin:


Moscow, park, 1930s, by E. Evzerikhin:


Moscow, park, 1930s, hammocks, by E. Evzerikhin:


Moscow, Gorky Park, 1935, by B. Ignatov:


Moscow, Gorky park, 1937, by E. Evzerikhin:


Moscow, Poonchi the Elephant and her trainer Carel Stvora, late 1940s-early 1950s, by E. Evzerikhin:


Moscow, Poonchi the Elephant and kids, late 1940s-early 1950s, by E. Evzerikhin:


Moscow, Gorky Park, Ferris wheel, mid 1950s, by I. Shagin: