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Old Leningrad [1930-1950]

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"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
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

Spit of Vasil'ev island, Sculpture of the rostral column and the former stock exchange building, by architect Jean-Francois Thomas de Thomon.

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

Isaac's cathedral on Vorovskii Square, The cathedral has the status of a museum. Its church association, registered in conducts services on certain days of the week with the permission of the museum administration.

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

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

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

Boris Ignatovich, Estate of Boris Ignatovich, Moscow.

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

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

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

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

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

Revolutionary necropolis, 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”.

The Alexander Column, 1931. Palace Square, with the Winter Palace and Hermitage, plus the spit of Vasil'ev island. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Leningrad, russia

The Alexander Column, 1931. Palace Square, with the Winter Palace and Hermitage, plus the spit of Vasil'ev island. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Leningrad, russia

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

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

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

Laying gravel, Road work at the Electrosil' plant.

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

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

Giacomo Quarenghi, 1931. A prominent architect in the court of Catherine the Great. Bust erected in 1926 on a square on the spit of Vasiliev island, Leningrad, facing the stock exchange building. It was removed during reconstruction in 1949. Leningrad, Russia

Giacomo Quarenghi, A prominent architect in the court of Catherine the Great. Bust erected in 1926 on a square on the spit of Vasiliev island, Leningrad, facing the stock exchange building. It was removed during reconstruction in Leningrad, Russia

Loading the Vanzetti, 1931. A cargo ship named after Italian-American anarchist and human rights agitator Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in the US in 1927. Unloading imported cotton destined for textile factories from the freighter Vanzetti in Leningrad port. Leningrad, Russia

Loading the Vanzetti, 1931. A cargo ship named after Italian-American anarchist and human rights agitator Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in the US in 1927. Unloading imported cotton destined for textile factories from the freighter Vanzetti in Leningrad port. Leningrad, Russia

Petrov Stadium, 1931. On Petrovskii island, washed from both the Malaia Neva and Zhdanovka rivers. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

Petrov Stadium, On Petrovskii island, washed from both the Malaia Neva and Zhdanovka rivers. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”.

Arch of the General Staff building, 1931. A monument to the Patriotic War of 1812 versus Napoleon, it was the work of architect Carlo Rossi, who designed it to link two wings of the General Staff. Leningrad, Russia

Arch of the General Staff building, A monument to the Patriotic War of 1812 versus Napoleon, it was the work of architect Carlo Rossi, who designed it to link two wings of the General Staff.