Let The Alcohol Brighten Up Your Holidays

For thousands of years alcoholic beverages drastically improved countless holiday parties on every continent in every political and social system. Here is an appropriate illustration from the Life Magazine Archives taken in Leningrad in 1956.

Before:

A party inside the home of a so-called “typical Soviet worker”, the Dmitriev family. The father, a skilled metal worker, is actually a member of the Communist Party & does much side work for it, so they live far above working class average. © Time Inc. Ed Clark

After:

© Time Inc. Ed Clark

Caption reads:A party at the home of a so-called “typical Soviet worker”, the Dmitriev family. The father, a skilled metal worker, is actually a member of the Communist Party & does much side work for it, so they live far above working class average. (the line about side work for the Communist Party doesn’t make any sense to me, not sure what it means).

  • That’s awesome! Not that yesterday’s celebrations where a hardship, but I WAS kinda bummed I forgot my flask.

  • midtown miscreant

    I noticed the hard wood floors, and how they laid the boards so it didnt take a long plank. I have never seen hard wood laid quite like that. No homo on the hard wood. It’s a really good pattern, and goes to show you that you can make alot from a little.

  • I looked up the flooring and I think it’s called “single herringbone” parquet flooring pattern.

  • tracy

    yeah, our floors are straight-laid (ha ha), but the boards are no longer than these.

    re: working for the party. the roundabout text meant plenty to me. i think you’re reading too much into it. sounds to me all the writer meant was “he’s on the take” or “he gets some kickbacks for clerking on the side / for _____.”

    what we really wanna know is that dance!