Friday, October 2, 2015

Ephemera for Lunch #30:
Glory to the victorious people!

For the final installment of this week's Ephemera for Lunch, here's a fascinating Soviet Union postcard from 1961, the year of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering human spaceflight aboard Vostok 1. The caption across the top, if I've translated it correctly, reads "Glory to the victorious people!"

And the little girl's balloon states either "World Peace" or "Peace to the World."

(Assuming she's about 6 years old and this photograph was taken in 1961, she would be about 60 years old today. I wonder where she is, what she's doing, and if she ever knew that she was featured prominently on a postcard.)

Meanwhile, that's one hell of a rocket ship in the background. I'd love to know more about it. I'm pretty sure it's not Vostok 1 or even a replica of that ship.

Here's the reverse side of the postcard, which was written on but seemingly never mailed.

It would be great if someone could translate it.


  1. Translation:

    "Dear Nadya! I congratulate you with the 47th anniversary of the Great October socialist revolution and wish you the best success in life and get only excellent marks at school. 07.11.64 Verochka"