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Soviet Spage Age Matchbox Labels

A group of Soviet, cold war era matchbox labels I came across some time ago and scanned.

They depict elements and achievements of the Soviet space programme in the 1960s.

These achievements are reduced to the simplest form for mass communicaiton – a simple, bold graphic snippet of information, representing hugely important achievements.

In their era matchbox labels were a way to send a message to a whole population who may have otherwise missed out on this information through lack of available media – e.g. newspaper, television et, in a time where every adult had easy access to matches.

Soviet Space Station Concept

Soviet Space Station Concept

Valery Bykovsky

Valery Fyodorovich Bykovsky is a retired Soviet cosmonaut who flew three manned space mission space flights: Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, and Soyuz 31. He was also backup for Vostok 3 and Soyuz 37.

Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova,Russian cosmonaut, engineer, and politician. She is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than 400 applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, “Grandfather” of the Soviet Space Programme

Cosmonaut Titov

Gherman Stepanovich Titov was a Soviet cosmonaut who, on 6 August 1961, became the second human to orbit the Earth, aboard Vostok 2, preceded by Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin, Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961

Cosmanaut Titov 1961

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