Forest Combine. (Postcard, 1963.)

Not all postcards show picturesque landscapes or sunny beaches. Sometimes they present one with good old forest combine in Ukraine – at least when it comes to Soviet postcards. Industrial sights were deemed as an important propaganda tool in the state-led tourism of the Soviet Union already in the 1920s, and later the were integrated as a normal part of practically all the package tours. Factories, dams, sawmills etc. were supposed to prove the rapid industrial development of the Soviet Union for its citizens. So of course they also appeared in postcards. Here is one card from the series presenting Ukraine. Other themes include, for example, big cities, hiking in the forest, and the Black Sea coast. Forest combine with frozen logs, smoking crane and dirty snow is natural continuation of these.

Monument to the Builders of Communism at the Volga hydropower plant named in honour of the 22nd Congress of the CPSU. (Postcard, 1960s.)

Yes, it is a long title for a postcard, but it’s Soviet tourism, after all. Travel postcards depicting monuments to socialism and industrial achievements were common in the Soviet Union, and this card combines the two by presenting a memorial situated at the Volga power plant. Soviet tourists at the popular Volga cruises would stop here to admire the huge statue, the dam, and the power lines before continuing their journey.