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
Mountain Air Sanatorium
Hutsulshchyna National Park Restaurant
Department Store, Kolomyia
Bohdan Khmelnytsky Ave, Kalush
Bridge Over Waterfall
Adam Mickiewicz Square, Ivano-Frankivsk
Administrative Building, Ivano-Frankivsk
Railway Station, Ivano-Frankivsk
(First posted on the original The Left Chapter blog in March 2018)