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(io9)   Here's a bunch of pictures of Russia in the '80s; forbidden and desolate, yet strangely alluring. Kinda like your mom in the '80s, except no Zubaz   ( divider line
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2014-02-08 02:13:31 PM  
I wonder what the "propaganda" on the side of the building says.
2014-02-08 02:23:32 PM  
This is just before Reagan parachuted in and started punching commies and took back the country, and founded FOX News on America ideals and Jesus.
2014-02-08 02:24:36 PM  

ptr2void: I wonder what the "propaganda" on the side of the building says.

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Probably nothing as cool as this, that's for sure.  Murica!!
2014-02-08 02:42:22 PM  
They weren't too far behind. It looks exactly like Philadelphia in the 1970s. All these pictures are missing are some Italians chasing surly Irish kids out of the farmer's market.
2014-02-08 02:50:39 PM  

ptr2void: I wonder what the "propaganda" on the side of the building says.

"bus station"
2014-02-08 03:06:55 PM  
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2014-02-08 03:17:01 PM  
The late Soviet Union will always remind me of the Image comic book series/graphic novel The Red Star.

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I even had the video game for the Playstation 2.  That game kicked my butt over and over.
2014-02-08 03:45:36 PM  
In USA you tell the joke.

In USSR the joke tells you.
2014-02-08 03:57:11 PM  

Cheron: My cousin's wife got out of Poland in the 70's.  When they got married in the early 80's her mother got a visa to come the the wedding.  The mother broke down the first time she saw an American supermarket, not only did we have coffee without a long line we had a choice of coffees.

Yeah the pictures were taken in winter and most northern cities don't look their best but this shows how run down things are.

I don't know about Russia, but in southern China, things are run down because no one gives a fark if they're run down.

Hell, I know many places in the US that are like that, too.  NOLA comes to mind.
2014-02-08 04:12:33 PM  
In my high school library in the late 70's and early 80's they carried Soviet Life magazine, which consisted mostly of pictures of happy, smiling Soviets out harvesting wheat or building roads or whatever to show the "great progress" of the Soviet state.  They also carried (California) Highway Patrol magazine which contained pictures of horrific accidents.  It was generally more popular than Soviet Life.
2014-02-08 04:12:59 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: You ever wonder if the USSR would have fared differently if the West had traded with them without the sanctions, embargoes and extreme tariffs?

I always wondered that too, Soviets were working inside a smaller economic sphere.  Also they were under a war time command economy from July 28, 1914 to Aug 21, 1991
2014-02-08 06:43:49 PM  

acad1228: Ernest T Bass: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Full color did not get to the area until the fall of the Soviet Union.

I stand corrected, then.  Thanks!

Little known fact: The 1930's American South was all in sepia tones.

As seen in the documentary film, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
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