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Vintage pictures of the Soviet Moscow of the 1950s

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Jacques Dupaquier was a French scientist, historian, and member of the Communist Party of France, and he visited Moscow in the 1950s. He visited USSR several times, and every time he took excellent pictures of the Soviet lifestyle.

In 1956 Jacques Dupaquie reached Moscow. When speaking of his feelings about Moscow, he said that ‘It’s hard to believe that half of the buildings are wooden”. A French communist also couldn’t believe that soviet people live in such poverty.

You can experience the contrast between European and Moscow lifestyles with our set of photos of Dior Models during their visit to the USSR.

In thirty years, another European will visit Moscow. His photo set of the Soviet Capital before the collapse of the USSR you can find here.

Read more: 100 most important pictures in history

A lovely Moscow view, 1950s

A lovely Moscow view.

A man floating in the park of Moscow, 1950s

A man floating in the park of Moscow, 1950s

A massive cannon on the Red Square

A massive cannon on the Red Square

A typical interior of the soviet appartment. Nowadays, we can't beleive that many of the Soviet homes had the same furniture and design

A typical interior of the soviet apartment. Nowadays, we can’t believe that many of the Soviet homes had the same furniture and design

Fontaine attracted soviet people

Fontaine attracted soviet people

Founder of Moscow monument

Founder of Moscow monument

It seems like this is a road construction vehicle

It seems like this is a road construction vehicle

It's hard to believe, but the passengers of this bus agreed to exit it in the middle of nowhere just for the photo of the foreigner

It’s hard to believe, but the passengers of this bus agreed to exit it in the middle of nowhere just for the photo of the foreigner

Lovely attraction for the Soviet kids

A lovely attraction for the Soviet kids

Many buildings in Moscow had a very poor outlook in the 1950s

Many buildings in Moscow had a very poor outlook in the 1950s

Many churches and cathedrals were destroyed during the Soviet rule.

Many churches and cathedrals were destroyed during the Soviet rule.

Soviet people passing by a store

Soviet people passing by a store

Soviet pupils

Soviet pupils

Soviet tourists on the Red Square in Moscow, 1950s

Soviet tourists on the Red Square in Moscow, 1950s

Street Food in Soviet Moscow, 1950s

Street Food in Soviet Moscow, 1950s

The monumental construction was a signature urbanist approach during Joseph Stalin rule

The monumental construction was a signature urbanist approach during Joseph Stalin rule

The Red Square, Moscow, 1950s

The Red Square, Moscow, 1950s

The streets of Soviet Moscow were pretty empty in the 1950s. Soviet people couldn't afford to buy cars, while russian industry foced on the military production

The streets of Soviet Moscow were pretty empty in the 1950s. Soviet people couldn’t afford to buy cars, while Russian industry focused on military production

There were not so many car models in USSR in the 1950s. In this photo all cars are the same model

There were not so many car models in USSR in the 1950s. In this photo, all cars are the same model

These school students are looking relatively good. Many soviet kids had much worse outlook in the 1950s.

These school students are looking relatively good. Many soviet kids had a much worse outlook in the 1950s.

This building had to demonstrate that Soviet Union recovered of WWII

This building had to demonstrate that the Soviet Union recovered from WWII.

Two soviet girls standing at the Moscow river enbankment, 1950s

Two soviet girls standing at the Moscow river embankment, the 1950s

USSR was preparing to send a man to the space while many of the capital's bulding were still made of wood!

USSR was preparing to send a man to space, while many of the capital’s buildings were still made of wood!

Very few soviet people could afford traveling by planes. Also, there were not so many flight routes in the 1950s

Very few soviet people could afford to travel by plane. Also, there were not so many flight routes in the 1950s

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