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Women in the Soviet Union formally had equal rights with men. The reality however sometimes looked a little different. Soviet propaganda glorified a woman-mother, a woman-worker and comrade-in arms.

Miss KGB contest winner Yekaterina Mayorova, 1990


Welder Raya Moldovan working at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. Photo by Vsevolod Tarasevich, Ukrainian SSR, 1960s


People in a queue. Photo by Vladimir Vorobiev, Novokuznetsk, 1982


Fur hats ad from hard currency catalogue by Vneshposyltorg, 1967


Photo by Emmanuil Evzerikhin, Moscow, 1930s


Actress Dodo Chogovadze, still from "Aladdin and his Magic Lamp",1967


Moscow police lieutenant, criminal investigator Nina Demchenko at home. Photo by Yuri Abramochkin,1968



Novosibirsk ladies. Photo by Nathan Farb, 1977


Fashion model Tamara Vladimirtseva, 1969


Photo by Sergei Borisov,1989


Uzbek girl. Photo by Max Penson, 1930


Builder of Moscow metro,1930s





  • Soviet Visuals

Tajik bridegroom and bride applying for a marriage certificate. Photo by Max Alpert, 1930

"Vodka, Hashish and Tobacco. Drinking destroys health. Smoking hashish destroys your body and leads a person either to prison or to a madhouse. With the money that a Red Army man spends every month on tobacco, he can buy the pictured goods and subscribe to newspaper" poster, Tashkent, Turkestan ASSR, 1920s


A pupil of a secondary school in the city of Tashkent shows the letter of the Arabic alphabet. Uzbek SSR, 1967


Elections to the Supreme Soviet of the Kirghiz SSR, February 24, 1985


"Comrades Muslims! Join the regiments of Vsevobuch military training!" Soviet poster, 1919


Lyudmila Rodina, employee of the Alma-Ata children's toys factory. Photo by Iosif Budnevich, Kazakh SSR, 1971


Border guards with Tajik girls, 1977


Schoolchildren from the Frunze Palace of Pioneers technical creativity club with their robot. Photo by Eduard Vilchinsky, Kirghiz SSR, 1965


Traditional Uzbek singer, Honoured Artist of the Uzbek SSR Shumarov Shurakhin. Photo by Semyon Fridlyand, Tashkent, 1950s


City of Kurchatov, Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. Photo by Alexander Liskin, Kazakh SSR, 1991


"For the Soviet East. 10 years of the Red Army" poster, Tashkent, 1928


Famous Soviet singer Alla Pugacheva at Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakh SSR, 1977


Travel poster, 1934


High-mountain outdoor skating rink Medeu. Photo by Oleg Ionov, Kazakh SSR, 1990


Solar photovoltaic station in Turkmen SSR. Photo by K. Muradov, 1986


Computer Laboratory at the Department of Applied Mathematics, Lenin State University, Dushanbe, Tajik SSR, 1976


"Dekhan peasant, do not elect these people! They were your enemies and they remain your enemies" Soviet Tajik poster, 1920s


"Tea house. Uzbek SSR" Photo by: Frank and Helena Schreider, 1968


"Ballet studio students" photo by Semyon Friedland, Kazakh SSR, 1950s


Grandfather Frost and Snow Maiden on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Photo by Nikolai Zhiganov, Kirghiz SSR, 1981









Updated: Apr 9


Getting household appliances was not an easy task in the USSR. Soviet people had to save up for a long time and wait in line to buy durable goods. Sometimes they would receive them as a reward for outstanding work or service. Some of the items, often produced at military factories, impressed with their manufacturability and design. Others were criticized for questionable quality and high price.



"Rekord 705" Soviet color TV set. Photo by N.Khrennikov, 1974


"Staume-2" dishwasher,1972


Desk fan, 1957



Kometa-212 stereo, reel-to-reel tape recorder, 1980s


Electric iron, 1981


"Volga" electric gramophone, 1950s


Refrigerators by Saratov refrigerator factory. Photo by S.Raskin, USSR, 1954


VEF 202 portable radio, 1970s


"Chaika 142M" sewing machine, 1991


"Elektronika VideoSport-3" game console, 1988


"Kvant" TV console, produced at the Lvov CRT plant. Photo by B. Krishtul, 1974


"Elektronika" microwave oven, 1984



"Saturnas" vacuum cleaner, 1960s


1981 Soviet ad for "Vyatka avtomat 12" automatic washing machine: "Caring husband is nice but automatic washing machine is even nicer. 495 roubles."


"Vikhr" vacuum cleaner. Photo by Mikhail Trakhman, 1960