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.
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.
In 1957, Albania has made an emergency US spy plane, made of it a monument to victory over imperialism:
Albanian farm Ksamil:
Schoolgirls-pioneers in the same Ksamil farm:
The Pioneers rehearsing the concert:
The city of Durres:
Vegetable shop in Durres:
In 1990, Albania was not a single private car:
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:
Looking at this store in Shkoder there is an idea that in other socialist countries of Eastern Europe lived in a consumer paradise:
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:
I guess bus was not enough.
A cafe in Shkoder:
Shop in Shkoder resembles our village shop of the same in 1990:
Albanian soldier's steep buckles:
Albanian light industry, Durres:
Metropolitan audience well dressed:
But fashion is clearly not in 1990:
Children are surrounded by care (Tirana):
in each classroom portrait of Enver Hoxha:
very familiar visual propaganda in Tirana:
The central square of the capital:
A beautiful and clean Vlora:
Yes, still was in Albania, the private sector! A free market in the capital:
This country is on its last legs. Hodja was standing a little more than a year:
And his idol Comrade Stalin, too: