Vintage Soviet Holiday Postcards

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Dating to the 1970s, these postcards depict Cold War references to the Space Race, an aversion to Western cultural traditions such as Christmas (in the USSR, New Year's was the pre-eminent winter holiday, and many of the cards include С Новым Годом! or Happy New Year!), and the use of holiday ritual to drive forward political agendas.

While you might think you recognize the jolly red-robed figure riding alongside a Russian cosmonaut as Santa, in this context, he is known as Ded Moroz or Grandfather Frost. Like his Western counterpart, Ded Moroz bears gifts to well-mannered children, placing them secretly under the New Year's tree on the eve of December 31st.

Choose from a selection of holiday postcards to share with family and friends this holiday season. 

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