Old Photos: 1958 USSR In Color

I had some color photos taken by the American correspondents in the USSR on this blog before. This set is titled “Russian Look Of The Land Essay” and was taken by Howard Sochurek in 1958. The original Life article can be found here. (note: the photos are dated 1958 but the article was published in 1960, could be a Google archival error).

The photos are taken in many places around the USSR – from frozen Yakutsk, to Crimea, to Central Asia. They are not in any particular order.

Watch Repair, every small town had one or more of these. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

This winter jacket with cotton padding was common from construction sites to the military. Reportedly made in prisons. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Grocery Store. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Water Delivery. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

© Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Cotton Pickers. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Old meets new. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Old Palaces were converted into resorts for the working class. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Lunch. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Swimwear, schwimwear.... © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

These are the best watermelons and cantaloupes in the world. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

© Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

© Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Amphibious transportation. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Medical personnel tends to the relaxing vacationers. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

© Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

© Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Rare pinup shot of my friend Hyperblogal. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

© Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

© Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Church is visible through some production graphs. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

In Soviet Russia people relaxed on wooden cots. And they liked it! © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

Schoolgirl in Central Asia. © Time Inc.Howard Sochurek

  • Hyperblogal

    I still have that hat.