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The following images were taken and used by the Soviet government to portray the USSR as a modern country with all the amenities that a world super power would be expected to have.  The people appear happy in their lives both at work and at home.  The change over time indicates how the USSR developed as the Cold War progressed.  There is no indication of the war torn peasants and unhappy and poverty stricken people nor of the brutality the government often used to maintain order. While many of the posters displayed were anti-American and anti-democracy, the photos are meant to display the Soviet Union at its best from the 1950's through the 1980's .

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This aerial view shows a clean modern city at peace in the 1950's. These images are snapshots of how the government portrays the USSR both internally among the Soviet people a well as internationally.

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The frequent use of images of factory workers tells the nation, and outsiders looking in, that the country runs like a well oiled machine and is a successful Communist state.

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Images of active military units conveyed a message of safety to the Soviet people and a message of strength to the rest of the world.

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Here a young boy is seen alone and content, though not engaged in any particular activity that would be viewed as "for the people." Something has caught his eye as he peeers over his shoulder into a setting sun.

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