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Vintage Soviet Cards!

on February 19, 2013



So these postcards arrived yesterday with no writing or note to suggest who or where they were from. After deciphering the stamp, though, I eventually realised they were from Osman in Azerbaijan who I arranged a swap with a while ago. With a little deciphering of the cyrillic alphabet on the backs of these cards, I learned they are vintage (from the 1950s I think) and were distributed in the USSR. The first shows an inn in Moscow and the second shows (I think) a picture on display in Kiev Art Museum. If anyone knows anything else about these two images, I’d love to know! I also particularly liked the fact that my address was written with “via Germany” at the end… Not one I’ve seen before!

Edit: I have attached the back of the postcards in case anyone can give any info about them! Thank you!

4 responses to “Vintage Soviet Cards!

  1. Igor says:

    Hey Monica,
    (Happy b-lated birthday!)
    Scan the back of the two images so I can see the cyrillic and I will most likely find out what these postcards are about.

    Igor (from California, from swaps and postcrossing accidents)!

    • mailmon says:

      Hi Igor!

      Thanks so much for the offer – great to hear from you again! Hope you are well! Thank you for the bday wished too πŸ˜€ I have attached the back of the cards, if you can figure any more out about them, that would be amazing, but if not, no worries!

      Have a great day πŸ™‚

      Monica πŸ™‚

      • Igor says:

        Hi Monica,

        So, I personally find this collection of postcards a little bit unusual or actually not unusual, but interesting. This is a Ukrainian painter Sergei Svetoslavskii. He is a Kiev native (just like me!). His first painting is done in Russia, showing a Russian inn (postoyalii dvor) and I believe the postcard was printed in 1956 and hangs at the Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery . The second painting is in Ukrainian language. It is about the River Dnepr flooding just North of Kiev. The postcard is from 1958 and is in Kiev National Museum.

        Why do I think it’s unusual, is because it shows the internationality of Soviet Union. Two postcards, printed in two different Republics, in two different languages, but by the same artist who intentionally drew one for Russians and the other one for Ukrainians.

        Definitely keep them together.

        All the best,

  2. mailmon says:

    Thank you SO much for this explanation, that is SO fascinating and it really means a lot that you took the time to explain in detail! I can’t believe how interesting they are too… it is always awesome to learn the back stories of postcards such as these. I won’t be separating them!

    Thanks again!

    Monica πŸ™‚

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