Wednesday, February 09, 2011

From the other side of the Iron Curtain: Gas mask drill in Latvia

Mrs. Marathon Pundit can't remember who took this picture, but she recalls that the four people in the photograph were participating in a competitive gas mask drill. The one who could get dressed the quickest--including getting into the body suit--was the winner.

She says these drills were held in her schools and the factory she worked in in Cold War era Latvia.

The sepia hue is unintentional. Mrs. MP attributes it to "cheap, rotten Soviet chemicals we had to work with then."

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Latvia 20 years after independence: Tearing down a Stučka statue
1990 bread line in Riga, Latvia
Potato harvesting in Latvia in the early 1970s

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