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Behind the curtain - more images from the past

Behind the curtain - more images from the past

Old May 28, 23, 1:10 pm
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Behind the curtain - more images from the past

Rather than post them in the "beautiful images" thread - because not all of them are beautiful - I'm going to post some more old photos here. These are from the 1970s (mainly 1973-78) from the eastern side of the "iron curtain," a term I never liked very much as it so oversimplified such a big part of the world.

These are from travels (both leisure and work-related) to eastern bloc countries including the DDR, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and three parts of the USSR - European Russia, Uzbekistan and (briefly) Tajikistan (now of course all independent.) I hope they convey some sense not only of the places but also of the people who I encountered on these trips. They were all quite memorable and now, almost fifty years later, I find myself wondering what became of them in the tumultuous years that followed.

The pictures are all scanned off slides, prints or negatives, so the quality is not as good as modern digital images, but hopefully they'll still be effective. Some of these images have been posted before on other threads.


East looking west - East German kids looking at West Berlin through the gate.

The Wall. It was more than a wall, it was a series of barriers, minefields, sand traps and a kill zone.

The Friedrich Engels Guards Regiment goosestepping to the Neue Wache Memorial to the Victims of Fascism and Militarism in East Berlin

Haymaking in the Polish countryside

Haymaking 2

Flower shop, Krakow

Art nouveau cafe, Krakow

Mothers meeting, Piotrkw Trybunalski, Poland

Off to work, Łdź

Sidewalk salesman at the US Consulate, Krakow

Milking time, Polish countryside near Łdź

Sunset over the river, Prague

Sunset 2

Midnight in Moscow


Rainy day in the Kremlin

Leningrad/St. Petersburg, the Venice of the North

Fishing on the Neva

Hydrofoil and Petropavlovsk Island

How the 0.001% lived, Petrodvorets

Market days, Samarkand and Bukhara

Roadside repairs

Where do I start?

Minaret squatters, Bukhara

Showplace textile workshop, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Tajik SSR)

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Thank you for posting these interesting images of the past (and with narratives) There is nothing like seeing "first hand" & "eye witness" images from you or any FTers. You sure have been to places where I could only dream of! Great work!
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