Dissolution of the Soviet Union
Dissolution of the Soviet Union

The dissolution of the Soviet Union occurred on December 26, 1991, officially granting self-governing independence to the Republics of the Soviet Union.  It was a result of the declaration number 142-Н of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union.  The declaration acknowledged the independence of the former Soviet republics and created the Commonwealth of Independent States.  On the previous day, December 25, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, resigned, declared his office extinct, and handed over its powers, including control of the Soviet nuclear missile launching codes to Russian President Boris Yeltsin. That evening at 7:32 p.m., the Soviet flag was lowered from the Kremlin for the last time and replaced with the pre-revolutionary Russian flag.


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И́гры XXII Олимпиа́ды
И́гры XXII Олимпиа́ды

he 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Moscow, Soviet Union, in present-day Russia.  The 1980 Games were the first Olympic Games to be staged in Eastern Europe, and remain the only Summer Olympics held there, as well as the first Olympic Games to be held in a Slavic language-speaking country.  They were also the first Olympic Games to be held in a socialist country, and the only Summer Games to be held in such a country until 2008 in Beijing, China.  Led by the United States at the insistence of U.S. President Jimmy Carter, 66 countries boycotted the games entirely because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Ю́рий Алексе́евич Гага́рин
Ю́рий Алексе́евич Гага́рин

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin; 9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut.  He was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.  Gagarin became an international celebrity and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honor.  Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission (which ended in a fatal crash).  Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him.  Gagarin died in 1968 when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting crashed.

Иосиф Сталин
Иосиф Сталин

Joseph Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili; 18 December 1878 – 5 March 1953) was a Soviet revolutionary and politician of Georgian ethnicity. He ruled the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953, holding the titles of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1952 and the nation’s Premier from 1941 to 1953.  Initially presiding over an oligarchic one-party regime that governed by plurality, he became the de facto dictator of the Soviet Union by the 1930s.  Ideologically committed to the Leninist interpretation of Marxism, Stalin helped to formalize these ideas as Marxism–Leninism while his own policies became known as Stalinism.

Октя́брьская Pеволю́ция
Октя́брьская Pеволю́ция

The October Revolution, officially known in Soviet literature as the Great October Socialist Revolution and commonly referred to as Red October, the October Uprising, the Bolshevik Revolution, or the Bolshevik Coup, was a revolution in Russia led by the Bolsheviks and Vladimir Lenin that was instrumental in the larger Russian Revolution of 1917.  It took place with an armed insurrection in Petrograd on 7 November (25 October, Old Style) 1917.

Союз Советских Социалистических Республик
Союз Советских Социалистических Республик

In 1922, the Soviet Union was formed by the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR which legalized the unification of the Russian, Transcaucasian, Ukrainian and Byelorussian republics that had occurred from 1918. Following Lenin’s death in 1924 and a brief power struggle, Joseph Stalin came to power in the mid-1920s. Stalin committed the state’s ideology to Marxism–Leninism (which he created) and constructed a command economy which led to a period of rapid industrialization and collectivization.


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Newest Posts

Everything from the latest vintage camera review, a Keppler's Vault blast from the past, or some other camera related article, it's all here in reverse chronological order.
KMZ Horizont (1967)
This is a KMZ Horizont (Горизонт), produced in the former Soviet Union between the years 1967 to 1973 by Krasnogorsky Mekhanichesky Zavod (KMZ).  This was the first model in a...
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Join Us on the Next Camerosity Podcast
No special guests this week, but that won't stop Anthony, Theo, and I from chatting about all things camera and film photography related.  If you want to join the discussion,...
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Episode 8: Making Kodak Film with Robert Shanebrook
This week on the Camerosity Podcast, we are joined by film historian, author, and ex-Kodak employee, Robert Shanebrook who gives us 90 straight minutes of pure Kodak history, covering everything...
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Arsenal Salyut (1957)
This is a Salyut (Салют), a medium format SLR produced at the Arsenal plant in Kyiv, Soviet Union between the years 1957 and 1972.  The Salyut was the first Soviet...
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Episode 7: The Future of Film Photography
After a one week break, the Camerosity Podcast returns with more open source film discussion.  This week we were joined with Canadian photographer and RB67 enthusiast Jess Hobbs, the Camerosity...
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LOMO Voskhod (1964)
This is the Voskhod (Восход), a 35mm scale focus camera built by Leningradskoye Optiko-Mekhanicheskoye Obyedinenie (LOMO for short) between the years 1964 and 1968.  The Voskhod was a well built...
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Minolta Maxxum 800si (1997)
This is a Minolta Maxxum 800si, a 35mm single lens reflex camera produced by Minolta starting in 1997.  The 800si was the flagship model in Minolta's fourth generation of autofocus...
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Minolta Maxxum 650si Date (1995)
This is a Minolta Maxxum 650si Date, a 35mm single lens reflex camera produced by Minolta starting in 1995.  The 650si Date is a slightly updated version of the 600si,...
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Featured Guides

These how-to guides were written in an attempt to help the novice collector start a collection, use it, and what to do when things go wrong.
How to Spot a Fake Leica
There's a saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when it comes to prestige products like handbags, watches, and cameras, there are whole industries of companies looking...
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Reloading Instamatic Film (The Better Way)
The Eastman Kodak Company's daylight loading 35mm film cassette made it's debut in 1934.  With the release of the first Retina camera, Kodak's type 135 film format took the world...
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What Is My Camera Worth?
As a member of the Vintage Camera Collectors group on Facebook, the most common "new member" post is from someone who in one way or another, has acquired an old...
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The Outdoor Eight Rule – Metering without a Meter for Beginners
Whether you are new to shooting film or are a grizzled veteran, you've likely heard someone mention a fundamental rule of photography called "The Sunny 16 Rule". The Sunny 16...
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