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?
volodya: [farm3.staticflickr.com image 500x362]GUM department store was rather drab in those days. This was taken in 1985. People in Moscow dressed well enough but the shoes were crap. I used to make thousands of Rubles bringing in tennis shoes and blue jeans.[farm3.staticflickr.com image 500x278]During May Day the propaganda banners would come out. This is near the Arbat in May 1989. The Arbat was a shopping street and the hot black market area. I made some great deals there.[farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x327]Oranges were rare and I can remember standing in lines for them yet sometimes the quality was incredible. You always had an opportunities bag with you. The best moment I had in Moscow was trying to assemble a tomato salad. When I found tomatoes I purchased 2 kilos and bargained one kilo away for the rest of the ingredients. Vinegar was stolen from a hotel.[farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x337]Lenin's tomb. The door was always left open and we always thought he was going to walk out. Lenin looked bad when I saw him. No chance he was coming back.[farm3.staticflickr.com image 500x323]GUM at night on May Day 1989. Red Square was great at night. We would get fully intoxicated so that we could share in the "Socialist Perspective." That was a local joke on understanding Socialism.
Ernest T Bass: All photos were during the winter, most with drab or desaturated colors, to emphasize a feeling of cold desolation. I'm sure you could cherry-pick some winter street scenes in neighborhoods of Chicago or NYC and give the same impression.
All were taken in Russia, and if the desaturated colours are the only things you see in these photographs, then it's a safe bet that you're the sort of person who was no help whatsoever in winning the cold war.
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