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  • Writer's pictureMichael 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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