Emotional Nostalgic Photos of Soviet Children that Have Become Iconic

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Village children’s doctor conducts an examination. Dmitry Baltermants, 1970s

Young pioneers playing in a kindergarten, outdoor adventures, civil defense lessons – these aren’t just routine moments of Soviet childhood. You’ve probably encountered these scenes more than once, either because they’ve been emblematized as joyful snapshots of Soviet upbringing, or because of their sheer emotional intensity. We’ve meticulously curated the cream of the crop into a captivating collection you simply can’t miss!

Children sleeping outside in the winter – a popular practice for the prevention of respiratory diseases in the Soviet Union. Dmitry Baltermants

Goalkeeper. Vladimir Lagrange, 1961

A solfeggio lesson. Vladimir Lagrange, 1969

Young Chukotka inhabitant. Gennady Koposov, 1966

Blind pioneer. Antanas Sutkus, 1962

At a civil defense lesson. Rustam Mukhametzyanov, 1977

A short snack break and school news. The construction of the ‘Rossiya’ hotel. Yuri Abramochkin, 1965

The birth of a ballerina. Yuri Abramochkin, 1965

A boy collects apples in the north of Kazakhstan. Yuri Abramochkin, 1965

A girl and her mom go to redeem bottles at a glass processing site. Alexander Lapin, 1981

A phone conversation between kids at a kindergarten. Arkady Shaikhet, 1954

Young father in Moscow going for a walk. Viktor Akhlomov, 1965

Baltic Fleet sailors talk to a girl named Lyusya. She and other children are being evacuated from a besieged city. Boris Kudoyarov

Babies go potty at a nursery. Vitaly Karpov

Kindergartners in the city Zhodino cross a road. Evgeny Koktysh

Children games in a sandbox. Yuri Abramochkin

A girl at the shopfront of a Moscow department store ‘Detsky mir’ (‘Children’s World’). Galina Kiseleva

Soviet pioneers – the participants of the Red Square parade in Moscow in honor of the 50th anniversary of Soviet rule. Lev Polikashin

Spring in Moscow. Vadim Kruglikov, 1959

The kindergarten of the Ust-Ilimsk timber industry complex. The inhabitants of the north don’t have enough vitamin D in winter, so the little ones sunbathe under an artificial sun. Boris Babanov

Children in a phone booth. Oleg Neelov

Exciting festive fuss – getting a Christmas tree. Boris Kavashkin

A schoolgirl hauling a heavy school bag along a prospekt (avenue). Nikolay Malyshev

A boy and his friend in the Olenegorsky sovkhoz. Anatoly Kuzyarin

A Soviet schoolgirl. Vasily Titov

On the “Gas attack!” command, every pioneer put on a gas mask, that’s what it looked like in 1937. Viktor Bulla


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