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Soviet Christmas Cards

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Here’s a delightful collection of vintage Soviet Christmas cards celebrating Russia’s space program.
See as Santa Ded Moroz rides a space rocket Sputnik while small boys in the space suites send a New Year greetings to all people of the Earth.
In a picture at the left Santa steers three Soviet space vehicles at once - Vostok, Voshod, Souyz. All design very much reminds Pod Racers from the Star Wars. May be he goes to Tatooine? ;-)

Ded Moroz is the Russian name for Santa. There are four pages of aerospace cards, and other vintage cards can be accessed through the postcard index at the bottom of the page. Link -via Cynical-C

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Obviously the USSR were very proud of their successes in space:

They had sent the ever first satellite (Sputnik, 1957), the first animal (dog “Laika”, 1957) and the first man in space (Juri Gagarin, 1961).
The first space missile on the moon (Lunik 2, 1959) and the first space station in the orbit (Saljut 1, 1971) came from the USSR.
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That's not Santa, that's Grandfather Frost:

"The traditional appearance of Ded Moroz has a close resemblance to that of Santa Claus, with his coat, boots and long white beard. Specifically, Ded Moroz wears a heel-long fur coat, a semi-round fur hat, and white valenki or high boots (sapogi), silver or red with silver ornament. Unlike Santa Claus, he walks with a long magical staff, does not say "Ho, ho, ho," and drives no reindeer but a troika."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ded_Moroz
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