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Old Leningrad [1930-1950]

"In 1931 the magazine USSR in Construction decided to publish a special issue given over to Leningrad. I was charged to take pictures of the city from an airplane R-5. It was a tough job. There were low clouds in the sky. Moreover, a storm blew up. A bit later, the sky cleared but the wind kept on. I dared to work in the stormy weather and asked the pilot to fly as low as possible" Boris Ignatovich. Unfinished book, 1973
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Spit of Vasil'ev island, 1931. Sculpture of the rostral column and the former stock exchange building, by architect Jean-Francois Thomas de Thomon. Leningrad, Russia

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Gorky House of Culture, 1931. This was the first house of culture built in constructivist style, on Strike Square in 1937, by architect A.I. Gegello. It won a Grand Prix award at the World Exhibition in Paris that year. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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Assembling a turbine, 1931. Taken at the Stalin metalworks in Leningrad, which made the USSR's first hydraulic turbines in 1924, and first gas turbines in 1958. Russia

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St. Isaac's cathedral on Vorovskii Square, 1931. The cathedral has the status of a museum. Its church association, registered in 1991, conducts services on certain days of the week with the permission of the museum administration. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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New apartment buildings, 1931. Near the Narva Triumphal Arch. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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The building berths of the Baltic Factory shipyard, 1931. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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Laying gravel, 1931. Road work at the Electrosil' plant. Leningrad, Russia

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Bol'shoi Prospekt, Vasil'evsk island, 1931. Vasileostrovskaia foodworks, by architects A.K. Barutchev, I.A. Meerzon, and Ia. O. Rubanchik. Leningrad, Russia

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Arms of the Neva river, 1931. On the left, on Krestovsk island, is the regional sailing club. On the right, on Yelagin island, Kirov Park is under construction. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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Revolutionary necropolis, 1931. A memorial complex for victims of the revolution on the Field of Mars. Made from red granite by architect Rudnev. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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