Opening the Road to the Stars

On this day in 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, into space. The American public was shocked and terrified by this show of Soviet technological superiority, leading President Eisenhower to declare a ‘Sputnik Crisis’ in the United States. Meanwhile in the USSR there were widespread celebrations, with propaganda posters exclaiming: ‘Soviet man, be proud. You have opened the road to … Continue reading Opening the Road to the Stars

Soviet Realism Comes to New York

54 years ago this week the Soviet Exhibition of Science, Technology and Culture opened in Midtown Manhattan. Over the course of 6 weeks in the summer of 1959, more than a million Americans streamed into the New York Coliseum exhibition centre to gawp at all things Soviet: from automobiles and a full-scale replica of Sputnik III to examples of women’s fashion and displays on the … Continue reading Soviet Realism Comes to New York