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Hello, there's a postcard to let you know: "This is more than a pleasure trip - it is a voyage into new world!"

The poster is published by Intourist, a very special company established by the Soviet government in 1929. It was responsible for managing the great majority of foreigners' access to, and travel within, the Soviet Union. Intourist grew into one of the largest tourism organizations in the world with a network embracing hotels, restaurants, coach fleets and banking services.

Today, in the last issue of my Sovetica serial, we'll see some ads and brochures printed in 1930s. From Paul Malon's amazing photostream:

From Boston Public Library collections:

And from the great online museum of David Levine (Travel Brochures Graphics):

The structure in the background isn't fictional - actually, it has been featured here.

And the building in the lower right part of this cover (demolished in 2000s and built again from scratch) is an integral part of Stolichnaya Vodka label.

That's all, folks. I believe you can tell the difference between the "export" and "regular" images of the Workers & Peasants State. In case you can't, feel free to browse through previous entries:

Captain Cigar

Soviet Advertising, 1920s

Soviet Advertising, 1930s-1950s

Soviet Tobacco Art

Soviet Movie Posters, 1920s

Soviet Movie Posters, 1930-1949

Soviet Book Design, 1920s

Soviet Propaganda

Soviet Militarism: Pre-War Posters

Soviet WWII Posters

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Comment by Lejon Astray on June 22, 2011 at 9:21pm
When my friend visited Moscow in 1981 (via India), he was given a driver & car at the airport to go to the foreign hotel, hilarity/horror ensued!
Comment by lord_k on June 22, 2011 at 11:36am

Soon I'll show some of the photographs made by American tourists in Russia. They captured not only the bright side of life.

Comment by Lejon Astray on June 22, 2011 at 10:58am

I wonder what these Potemkyn like tours must had been like?

The Soviets were monsters, but you have to admire the design sense of these pieces!

Comment by lord_k on June 22, 2011 at 10:18am

To AR Chambers:

It was state-organized and well-scrutinized tourism.

Comment by AR Chambers on June 22, 2011 at 10:05am
I never imagined that Stalin would have allowed Tourists from the west  during the 30's.

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