• Michael Laxer

Visiting the Carpathian Mountains region of Soviet Ukraine, 1973



This postcard packet was produced in the USSR in 1973 and featured views of cities, attractions, natural settings, etc. of the western edge of the Ukrainian SSR in the Carpathian mountain region. It was meant for domestic tourists as the cards are in Ukrainian and Russian alone.


The cards are interesting as they feature pictures from four different cities/towns (Kalush, Ivano-Frankivsk, Yaremche and Kolomyia) as well as famous natural attractions like the Dovbush Rocks. There are hotels, administrative centres, avenues, a square named for the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz, a sanatorium and more. Trips to hotels and sanatoriums in the USSR were often heavily subsidized or even free for Soviet workers and members of Soviet trade unions.


We have translated the cards so as to identify what is pictured.


Post Office, Ivano-Frankivsk


Leningrad Street, Ivano-Frankivsk


Cosmic Cinema, Ivano-Frankivsk


Yaremche Tourist Complex


War Memorial


Mountain Air Sanatorium


Hutsulshchyna National Park Restaurant


Department Store, Kolomyia


Camp Office


Bohdan Khmelnytsky Ave, Kalush


Bridge Over Waterfall


Atheism Museum


Hotel, Kalush


Adam Mickiewicz Square, Ivano-Frankivsk


Administrative Building, Ivano-Frankivsk


Railway Station, Ivano-Frankivsk


Dovbush rocks


(First posted on the original The Left Chapter blog in March 2018)

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