Photographs of the Soviet Russia from the Archive of the University of Virginia

An interesting archive of color photographs of Soviet life, is available on the server of the University of Virginia.

Today, we brought to your attention the photo, that was captured in the summer of 1964, in Moscow.


The image depicts the moment of two worlds miraculously colliding. On the photo, Soviet citizens are looking at the American made Cadillac Fleetwood 75. Since foreign cars were rare occurrence back then, this was comparable to see a flying saucer landing on the Red Square.

The car captured on the photo, was 8 years old at that time. This 1956 model was already outdated in many ways. But considering the circumstances in the USSR, it seemed as a space ship from a Sci-Fi novel, so the reaction to it was appropriate.

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