perjantai 1. helmikuuta 2013

A Village Shop

This week's Sepia Saturday gives options like bicycles,
 or young lads with caps on their heads, or that lettering on the wall.
 I think I found them all from my magazine collection.
" This  village shop building is in Irlava, a small Latvian village and is one of the numerous rural retail establishments set up by the Crenci Consumers' Co-operative Society."
 "One of the shop's mobile stalls does a brisk trade at the construction site of an inter-kolkhoz power station."
"The food department has varied assortment of groceries and provisions.
The shop also sells rakes, roofing iron, slate, paints, tar paper, cement, glass and other wares. The supply of high-quality goods is increasing steadily."

"Shall we buy it, Edita"  the village schoolmistress asks her daughter."

" August Silkens, brigade leader at Veldre Kolkhoz, wheels out his newly purchased motor cycle."
Source: Soviet Union Magazine / November 1953
You'll find more pictures and stories here.

15 kommenttia:

  1. You did find all the potential themes in one spot. It must be a record! So much detail about life in the Latvian village is recorded in these photos. It's a minor little thing, but notice how artistically the cans are stacked behind the glass doors in the market.

  2. Isn't it interesting that in our sepia photos there are very few overweight people.
    Do you think these photos were posed or set up for propaganda?

  3. It doesn't look much different to the shopping experience I remember as a 10 year old in 1953. The greengrocer use to deliver by horse and cart and the shops looked pretty much the same. Perhaps a little more marble and chrome in the Home and Colonial, but otherwise very similar.

    All in all they show picture that could be seen in the home counties or elsewhere in the UK and a damn sight different from that portrayed by the press in the fifties.

  4. And now I know the Latvian for 'publish comment'!

  5. Interesting group of photos about life in another country at another time.

  6. Indeed, another country at another time. But still, they look very well known...

  7. I was captivated by that first image - I suppose it had something to do with how similar it was to my image of post-war rural life in the Soviet era - so I decided to see if I could find the village on Google Maps. I was astounded to see that exact building relatively unchanged, and still being used as a "retail establishment," albeit you wouldn't likely have found them selling Coca-Cola half a century ago.

    Many thanks for this interesting and unexpected journey abroad.

  8. I forgot to add a link to the location in Google Maps, here.

  9. It was the first picture that looked so familiar to me apart from the difference in language it could have been a scene from an English village. Brett's link to Google Maps is remarkable the building has survived so well.

  10. Some Classy Photos, Which I Havnt Seen Before.Rather Good! Thanks For Getting Them Here.

  11. Oh these are the kinds of photos I enjoy! It's like each one speaks volumes as to what's going on!

  12. Yes, you tick all the boxes. The wonderful thing about old photographs from far away places is that it is like history freed from the constraints of language. We can read faces, poses, backgrounds - and those are all written in a universal language.

  13. That motor cycle in the last photo must have been a real novelty. Everyone is looking so curious.
    Great set of photos and seeing that building on google maps is really something. the building looks pretty much the same.