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
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 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, “Grandfather” of the Soviet Space Programme
Soviet Life 1969 – Man and Outer Space
Soviet Life magazine of August 1969 was an edition dedicated to “Man and Outer Space”. It is a fascinating publication with a wide range of articles from the technical and factual to the sociological. There is even one entitled “The Legal Status of the Moon” and another interesting read by Yuri Gagarin entitled “Emotions in Outer Space”.
The magazine of course gives a nearly wholly Soviet perspective of Man in Space, but it is a story which the Western World today may hardly be aware of – i.e. the important role which the Soviets played in the early “space race”.
Interestingly this edition was published just a month after the NASA Astronauts had landed on the Moon, and the “race to the moon” was over for the Soviets.
The graphics, photography and layout in this edition are all particularly good. Below are some of my favourites. The illustrator(s)/graphic designer(s) of many of the images are not attributed, but the Art Director attributed in the magazine credits is Marina T. Zabolotskaya.
The Young Cosmanauts Club – Photo Boris Elin
At Dawn – Carrier Rocker of Soyuz Spaceship at the launching pad in Baikonur. Photographer not known
Soviet Life, Cover, August 1969 – Carrier Rocket of the Vostock spaceship. Photo Alexander Mokletsov.