Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Grandfather Frost

These "New Year" cards are from Soviet Russia circa the late 1950's and early 60's. It was (and still is) popular in Russia to appropriate western images and ideas about Christmas to New Years because religious holidays were not permitted in the USSR and New Years was the only holiday not associated with communist ideology. The card's space and satellite imagery coincide with the launch of Sputnik in 1957. I love the one where grandfather frost has horses AND a spaceship.

found here

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