Moscow as viewed from the International Space Station, on March 28, 2012.

Moscow as viewed from the International Space Station, on March 28, 2012.

Up for Bids: Classic Soviet Space Propaganda Posters

Science and communism are inseparable! That is the basic message of this amazing collection of Soviet space propaganda posters that will be auctioned off on Apr. 22.

Featuring Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov, the first and second humans to reach space, along with Krushchev, and of course Lenin, these posters glorify the the Soviet Union’s technological prowess and importance in the world, and in the universe. Many of the posters focus on the role the workers played in the space race, and the ordinary citizen’s duty to feel immensely proud of Mother Russia’s accomplishments.

The posters have messages such as “Comrades! Soviet Land Has From Now On Become the Shore of the Universe!” or “The Tenth Planet Symbolizes the Victory of Communism!” and “Be Proud, Soviet, You Opened a Path from the Earth to the Stars!” One of my favorites is “Lenin Is With Us, Immortal and Majestic, the Thoughts, Words and Deeds of Ilyich Are Propagating Through the Universe.”

The estimated values of the posters range from $400 to $1,500, and for some of these, I think that is a bargain. If you’d like to hang one of these posters on your wall, check out the auction online. (Space-themed posters are toward the end of the list.) Bidding starts at 10 a.m. PDT on Apr. 22 by Mercer & Middlesex Auctions.

Oh my.

My birthday is in a few months. Just sayin’…

(Source: Wired)



by Kamila Szejnoch


This was in Warsaw in 2008. Sadly, it has been dismantled since.


Eski-Kermen is one of the most picturesque cave towns. It is located in the south-western area of the mountainous region of the Crimea, 6 km to the south from Krasnyy Mak (Russian for “red poppy”) village.

In the 8th century, the fortress was occupied by the Khazars, who probably demolished the system of the fortress defense. From the late 10th to the 13th century, Eski-Kermen was a small town with rectangular living quarters and aboveground and cave churches. In the most high spot of the plateau stood the basilica, which was erected in the 6th century and collapsed, together with the whole town, in the late 14th century, under the Mongol khan Edigu’s raid against the Crimea.

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March 9, 1934: Yuri Gagarin is born in Klushino, Smolensk Oblast.

On April 12, 1961, this Soviet cosmonaut became the first human to travel into space and orbit the earth. After his historic spaceflight aboard Vostok 1, Gagarin became an international celebrity, loved by both the Russian people and by people all over the world. Above, we can see the charming, jolly smile that eased Cold War tensions and won him many fans.

Unlike his NASA counterparts, who mostly grew up in quiet Midwestern towns, Gagarin lived through the Nazi occupation of his country - an occupation that forced two members of his family into slave labor and the rest into a dismal living in a mud hut. His modest background, coupled with his humble appearance (he stood only 5’2” or 1.57 meters tall), made him all the more accessible. Sadly, the world’s first human spaceflight was also Gagarin’s last - he died in 1968 in a jet crash.

Romanian space exploration enthusiast Raul Oaida sends LEGO model of the space shuttle 35,000 meters above the earth.

This is completely awesome.


Happy birthday to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space!

Valentina Tereshkova was born on March 6, 1937. She took up skydiving when she was 22, which is what eventually led her to being accepted into the USSR’s cosmonaut training program.

On June 16, 1963, Vostok 6 was launched, with Tereshkova serving as the only crewmember. She orbited the earth 48 times over three days.

Following her flight, Tereshkova went on to be named a General in the Soviet air force, and to work in the government. Today she doesn’t seem to enjoy the limelight, but her achievement ensures that she is never ignored.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Tallinn in days past. Undated.

Tallinn in days past. Undated.

Polish movie posters! (Poland has the best movie posters, seriously.)

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