Last year, the country's one million bins

• Last year, the country's one million bins

Albania in 1990 was the most exotic country in Europe. Country Park - it's always great! The world must remain corners without cars, concrete jungle, and other manifestations of modern civilization. It is a pity that the old, unique, Albania is now vanished without a trace in European everyday life. While most local residents probably prefer to go to "Merci" than by bicycle.

In 1990, a Western journalist (Martin Parr) was lucky enough to capture the unique historical footage of the last years of his life behind the Iron Curtain Albania. By the reaction of people in the store queue, you can understand much more of a foreigner with a camera than words.

Last year, the country's one million bins

Albania in 1990 was the most exotic country in Europe. Reserve some barracks communism, perhaps. They consider themselves an island of "pure Stalinism", but there were private cars and a relatively large private sector in the production of consumer goods (cooperative) under Stalin in the Soviet Union. In Albania, it was nothing. Under Stalin (in the 1930s.) The USSR visited each year tens of thousands of Western tourists, and Albania was living in total isolation. In Albania in 1967 banned all religions, and Stalin restored the patriarchate. It can be a long time to produce large and small differences. So Albania until 1991 was simply a pathetic parody of Stalinism, his perverted understanding usugublonnym microscopic size of the country. Nearby socialist countries, especially Yugoslavia, against Albania looked almost bourgeois. Albanian phenomenon was unique in Europe, so the country's name became a household word itself. But I would not right now throwing stones in the Albania.

Last year, the country's one million bins

In 1957, Albania has made an emergency US spy plane, made of it a monument to victory over imperialism:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Albanian farm Ksamil:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Schoolgirls-pioneers in the same Ksamil farm:

Last year, the country's one million bins

The Pioneers rehearsing the concert:

Last year, the country's one million bins

The city of Durres:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Vegetable shop in Durres:

Last year, the country's one million bins

In 1990, Albania was not a single private car:

Last year, the country's one million bins

But there were a million concrete caps and bunkers in case of invasion of the Soviet or Yugoslav revisionists, they were built throughout the country for 30 years:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Looking at this store in Shkoder there is an idea that in other socialist countries of Eastern Europe lived in a consumer paradise:

Last year, the country's one million bins

But in terms of any exotic Albania in 1990 was much more interesting than the present, just a country-museum, where time stopped in 1958. Old avtombu with Gjirokastra:

Last year, the country's one million bins

I guess bus was not enough.

Last year, the country's one million bins

Club life:

Last year, the country's one million bins

A cafe in Shkoder:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Shop in Shkoder resembles our village shop of the same in 1990:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Albanian soldier's steep buckles:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Albanian light industry, Durres:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Metropolitan audience well dressed:

Last year, the country's one million bins

But fashion is clearly not in 1990:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Children are surrounded by care (Tirana):

Last year, the country's one million bins

in each classroom portrait of Enver Hoxha:

Last year, the country's one million bins

very familiar visual propaganda in Tirana:

Last year, the country's one million bins

The central square of the capital:

Last year, the country's one million bins

A beautiful and clean Vlora:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Metropolitan Brasserie:

Last year, the country's one million bins

Yes, still was in Albania, the private sector! A free market in the capital:

Last year, the country's one million bins

This country is on its last legs. Hodja was standing a little more than a year:

Last year, the country's one million bins

And his idol Comrade Stalin, too:

Last year, the country's one million bins