11th of December: Kiev

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The typical image of the states of the Soviet union during the secondKiev2 half of the 20th century is one of dreary deprivation (the film Goodbye Lenin is a good recent example of this stereotyping). However, during the late 1950s and 1960s the attitude of the USSR towards the economic freedom began to change (thanks to Krushchev) and attempts were made to encourage tourism. From this we come to a book produced by the Foreign Languages Publishing House in Moscow which consists entirely of photos of Kiev from, as far as we can tell, the 1960s. The photos are bound like a book of postcards and accompanied by a map of the city and captions in a variety of languages. The most interesting thing about this, apart from the tiny bit of historic perspective is that the photographs appear to have been hand-coloured (and quite vividly at that!). In these small vignettes we can see the face that Ukraine was trying to turn towards the world.

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