November 1, 2018

Before Renamed Saint Petersburg, This Is What Leningrad Looked Like in the Mid-1970s

An admirer of everything German, Peter the Great originally named the city, Sankt-Peterburg. On 1 September 1914, after the outbreak of World War I, the Imperial government renamed the city Petrograd, meaning "Peter's city", in order to expunge the German name Sankt and Burg. On 26 January 1924 it was renamed to Leningrad, meaning "Lenin's City". On 6 September 1991, the original name, Sankt-Peterburg, was returned.

Everyday life of Leningrad in the mid-1970s

Today, in English the city is known as "Saint Petersburg". Local residents often refer to the city by its shortened nickname, Piter.

These fascinating snapshots were taken by Michael Neubert that documented everyday life of Leningrad in the mid-1970s.
“My father was the Consul General in Leningrad from the summer of 1974 through the summer of 1977. I visited the Soviet Union for the first time in December 1974. I then spend the summer of 1975 in Leningrad and returned again in December 1975 for about a month. I spent a full year in Leningrad from the summer of 1976 through June of 1977.”

Behind the Peter and Paul Fortress, Leningrad, 1976

Consul General's Residence, Leningrad, circa 1976

Dom Knigi on Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, 1976

First day of school, Grodnenskii pereulok, down the street from the Residence, Leningrad, 1976

First day of school, Grodnenskii pereulok, down the street from the Residence, Leningrad, 1976

First day of school, Grodnenskii pereulok, down the street from the Residence, Leningrad, 1976

 Kiosk in Leningrad, 1976

6 Near Metro Station 'Vladimirskaya', Leningrad 1976

Near Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, 1976

Nevskiy Prospekt street scene, Leningrad, 1976

Nevskiy Prospekt street scene, Leningrad, 1976

 On Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, circa 1976

Soviet fire engine, Leningrad, 1976

Ulitsa Vosstaniya, Leningrad, 1976

Window, near Grodnenskii pereulok, Leningrad, 1976

Apartment with large dog, Leningrad, 1977

 Around time of May Day, Leningrad, 1977

Beer kiosk, Ulitsa Vosstaniya, Leningrad, 1977

California lemons in Leningrad near Liteynyy Prospekt, all sold out by this time, 1977

China commission store, Leningrad, 1977

Clearing snow and ice, Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, Spring 1977

Construction women workers on Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, 1977

Dom Knigi, 'House of Books', Leningrad, 1977

 Field of Mars, Leninskii subotnik, Leningrad, April 1977

 Field of Mars, Leninskii subotnik, Leningrad, April 1977

Fruit stand, near Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, 1977

Gostinyy dvor, Leningrad, 1977

Kazan Cathedral, Leningrad, 1977

Kirov Region of Leningrad, Spring 1977

Kirov Region of Leningrad, Spring 1977

Leningrad Field of Mars, April 1977

Leningrad Field of Mars, April 1977

Leningrad Field of Mars, April 1977

Leningrad hipsters near the Evropeiskaia hotel on Vasilievsky ostrov, 1977

Leningrad street scene, Winter 1977

Leningrad street scenes, May 1st, 1977

Leningrad, May 1st, 1977

Leningrad, May 1st, 1977

 Ligovskiy Prospekt, Leningrad, 1977

Liteynyy Prospekt, Leningrad, 1977

Metro Station Vladimirskaya, Leningrad, 1977

Near Ploshchad Vosstaniya, Leningrad, 1977

Nevsky Prospekt, Anichkov Bridge, Leningrad, 1977

Night on Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, Spring 1977

Night on Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, Spring 1977

Night on Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, Spring 1977

Painting on the Palace Bridge, Leningrad, Spring 1977

Passazh on Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, 1977

Ploshchad' Mira, Leningrad, 1977

Ploshchad' Mira, Leningrad, 1977

Soiuzpechat kiosk, Leningrad, 1977

Soviet telephone booth, Leningrad, 1977

 'Sport' store, Leningrad, 1977

St Isaac's Cathedral, Leningrad, May 1st, 1977

 Stores on Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, Winter 1977

Street scene, Leningrad, Spring 1977

Sweeping the street, Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, 1977

U.S. Consulate General, Leningrad, Spring 1977

Ulitsa Radishcheva, Leningrad, 1977

Universam Vasilievsky ostrov, Leningrad, 1977

Gatchina, Leningrad, circa mid-1970s

Kolkhoznyi rynok near Ploshchad' Mira, Leningrad, circa mid-1970s

Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, circa mid-1970s

Plane in empty lot, Leningrad, circa mid-1970s

St Isaac's Cathedral visible in distance, Leningrad, circa mid-1970s

Taxi in Leningrad, circa mid-1970s





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