I thought with all these new followers I’d make a short intro post. Hi everyone, thank you for joining our wagon of joy. :D My name is Katya, I’m 31 and I live in a small town in European part of Russia. I’ve been collecting Soviet postcards for over 15 years, ever since I found two boxes of grandfather’s cards. I started this blog 4.5 years ago as an outlet for my passion, and today I have more readers than people in my town. :) I’m so glad that you share my love for retro imagery!
If you post Soviet postcards in your blog I will gladly reblog them and get you some exposure. If you post on a different site, I can post your pictures with link back. If you want to contribute via dropbox we can do that too. :) Please provide a good quality image (at least 800 px by the smaller side), year of publishing and the name of the artist/photographer. Feel free to message me with any submissions!
Recently (this July) I started an etsy shop for vintage Soviet postcards. Do stop by if you’re interested in getting some of those pretties for your home. I also accept custom requests. If you’re in a search of a Soviet postcard I’ll track it down for you. Convo me via etsy or here with any such request.
I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I do! :)
Regarding my latest "Used or unused" post, most seem to be in favour of written postcards. It’s an excellent result for me since it reflects my own preferences. :) And I want to quote this one answer because it really amazed me:
I collect estate collections, a person’s entire lifetime of cards received. I put them in order for a narrative of their life.
I just want to take a moment to say a big Thank You to all of you who sends me words of support about my etsy shop. It means so so so much to me. I’ve never been big about commerce, I’m nervous and I’ve got so much to learn, but every day since I opened has been a joy and a pleasure.
You’re awesome! :D
Hi everyone! Sorry for being MIA, I’m not dead but it’s finally warm outside so I try to be out as much as I can and travel too. So I’ll be mostly absent for the best part of the summer. (Also there are no major Soviet holidays for summer, so I won’t be missing anything.) I hope you’re not spending this wonderful time at your computer stalking tumblr haha. Go out and travel and make memories and have a very wonderful time! See you soon <3
Just a little note to thank all of my old followers as well as all of the new followers. I really never imagined a blog like this could have so many. You are all awesome and you make me feel awesome too. :D
If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas, links to your collections or
words of praise just hi’s — send them in. Keep in mind that my ask box is always open. (?)
I hope 2011 was a good year for you. Wishing you everything nice and good and true and gorgeous in the upcoming year of 2012!
I’m off for 10 day vacations today, so I’m leaving you with this little message and a few queued posts. May you have luck, happiness, true love and friendship in the year 2012 and years to come.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Soviet Postcards hit the 7,000 followers mark today while I was at work. Whoever was the 7,000th — congratulations! And thanks everyone, you’re all great, I love your enthusiasm. (Moscow Botanical Garden — 1651 notes, wow. Did I ever…)
Also, feedback time! What themes, years, artists do you want to see more of? Do you find my tag system useful? Any other thoughts and comments?
Also, how would you feel about a Soviet song in this blog once in a while?
Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a great weekend! I thought I’d greet all of the new followers of my little blog, who are a few hundreds over just a couple days. This Spotlight thing seems to be doing wonders, I’ve been grinning all the time. :)
I encourage all members, old and new, to check out old posts and give them some love. To help you with this quest, I compiled a list of this blog’s most important and most used tags. I hope you enjoy browsing! :)
February 23 — Defender Of The Fatherland Day
March 8 — Women’s Day
April 12 — Cosmonautics Day
May 1 — Labour Day
May 9 — Victory Day
September 1 — First School Day
November 7 — October Revolution Day
December 31 — New Year
Congratulations (generic holiday)
(I don’t always use all possible tags on each postcard, but I make sure to use at least one tag from this division on each post.)
Illustrations (mostly book or fairy tale illustrations, but also a generic tag for illustrated works)
Postal (everything about mail and the postal system)
Transport (mostly ships and aircraft)
New technologies (a vaguely funny tag: everything from real historic hi tech to robots in holiday postcards)
Pioneers (they wear red ties)
School kids (they wear blue/brown uniform)
Youth (incl. komsomol members)
Portraits (generic tag for all people who Soviet publishers decided to put on a postcard, usually celebrities or war heroes)
Hammer & Sickle (postcards that use the infamous Soviet emblem in their design)
Nations (postcards featuring representatives of different nations/races; usually all races together)
Republics (all about the 15 Soviet republics)
Peace (all about peace, white doves etc.)
Coat of Arms (coats of arms of Soviet Union and its republics)
Yuri Gagarin (the first man in space)
Cosmonautics (I use this to mark postcards that use space-related elements in design, usually space crafts or cosmonauts)
The Olympic Games (Moscow 1980)
The Olympic Bear (symbol of The Moscow 1980 Games)