Vintage Soviet Union (USSR) New Year’s Postcards, Vol. 1 (1950s)

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s

I guess I just always assumed that once the Communists came to power in Russia and the rest of what became the USSR, any holiday not linked directly to the Communist Party ceased to exist. But lo and behold, I stumbled upon a Flickr set of postcards from the Soviet Union celebrating New Year’s, some of them dating back to the 1930s.

What I find most fascinating about these cards is how for the most part they look like they could have come from the West. Most of them feature images of idyllic forest scenes, cityscapes, and smiling children. The more overt Soviet stuff pops up in the cards from the ’60s, which I’ll feature in the next post on this series.

Let’s look at some cards, and as they say in Russia, С Новым годом! (Happy New Year!)

1953

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1953)

1954

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1954)

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1954)

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1954)

1955

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1955)

1956

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1956)

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1956)

1957

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1957)

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1957)

1958

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1958)

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1958)

1959

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1959)

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1959)

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1959)

Soviet Union (USSR) New Year's Postcards of the 1950s and '60s (1959)

(All card scans courtesy Flickr user katya.)

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