The US-of-A back in 1967 (51 Photos)

In 1967 a Soviet diplomat at U.N. made the journey across the United States. These are his photos…


  • DJ Tanner

    RIP non-idiocracy America

    • truth

      The US has always been full of idiots. We just used to have a higher class of idiots that we elected to represent us. Now…not so much.

      • Idiots

        I think you guys need to quit being "idiocrats" and learn the definition of idiocracy.

  • jimbob

    #45 starting to think he only had one coat

    • Happy Cannuk

      Isn't that building now the Scientology HQ?

    • blahface

      In Soviet Russia, coat has you.

      • Jebus

        He's a spy! A dirty porn loving, vodka drinking spy!

  • BETTER IN 2012


    • TMR

      No way! This was the time of awakening! A great time to see and be.

      • Perkins Maxwell

        yeah right. if you were a woman, good luck with anything except staying at home and childbearing. If you were anything but white, good luck with your career — unless it involved bowing and scraping to whites. And if you were gay — you were condemned to hide your sexuality or suffer social condemnation and (literally) beatings.

        yes, Americans were slowly awakening to broader possibilities — that women were more than wombs to impregnate or sluts to fuck, that blacks maybe possibly deserved to, say, drink from the same fucking water fountains as white people — but it was slow.

        As a white man, I cannot tell you how much happier I am to live today. I have a beautiful wife who can work her butt off everyday at a fulfilling career without being treated like an empty-headed bimbo. My friends who are gay are free to proclaim their love for each other without being beaten for it. My friends who are black suffer from racism, it's true, but in an era when a black man runs the country, it's nothing like what their parents and grandparents suffered.

        Finally, for all that the gap between rich and poor is wider than ever, the vast majority of Americans live a lifestyle that is absolutely unthinkable in most of the planet — car(s), televisions, etc.

        To even suggest that life didn't suck back then or that it was even comparable to today is ignorant and shortsighted.

        • Yeah


        • Rhein

          Have to agree…I think it's Louis C.K that talks about how a time machine that goes back in time is only good if you're a white male lol.

          • A BiPolar Guy

            Ok sorry, but I'm getting older and need practice for old age to come, so "get off y lawn" and here comes a rant. change is usually slow, but actually this was pretty fast. It was an exciting time, when most of the oppressed groups in this country stood up and said "we're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it any more!" Laws were changed, people began to learn. Down side – it was also "the crazy years" with the riots and the bombing and assassinations. You know what really disappoints me about the younger people of the 80s onward? They are no longer mad about senseless wars that don't make America more secure, or anyone particularly free. They no longer care about the grinding poverty here and abroad.They no longer care deeply about very much. And when a few (wether you think them misguided or not isn't the point) attempt to stand up against what they perceive is a corrupt system, it is widely derided with little in the way of any practical results because among other things they are vague and disorganized. They have been trained to expect "fairness" as a right so they shout "unfair", but fail utterly to communicate specific grievances and injustice they oppose and which will control their vote (the only thing the powers really care about).

        • Rick

          First of all there was no dilution of labour which meant that on an single average income a person could raise kids and own their home and have holidays without going into debt that lasts an entire working lifetime.

          Also kids actually had both their parents living with them and one available at all times while not being raised by paid strangers.

          Sex without condoms wasnt taking life into your own hands.

          Yes through technology our lives have been enriched, socially. I think 99% of black americans voting obama shows that humanity still has a long way to go with racism.
          I also think things are only going to get worse …

        • mitch

          I agree with every thing you said and thats why it was better back then perk

        • Literallyallthetime

          I agree with everything you said. Except I don't understand why Americans feel so compelled to use the word 'literally' all the time. For the most part it's unnecessary but worse is when they use it incorrectly.

          • Brett

            We literally use it wrong every time

        • michiganfreedom

          Oh, Please! Men cherished and protected women, and they mostly appreciated it. I agree that blacks were still on their way to being accepted by many whites as equal, and that's been regrettable from the start, but progress was being made. Gays were accepted as eccentric and mostly left alone except by the same type of people who wouldn't accept blacks, but gays didn't flaunt it and act like it is better than being straight, or that they should get special treatment, or that it should be the norm. If you needed help your neighbor or community would hardly think twice about helping you get back on your feet.

          So by better today you mean with the government ignoring the Constitution and passing laws allowing them to arrest citizens without a stated cause and keeping them without a trial? You mean with the Fed printing more and more money, causing the devaluation of the dollar to the point where a record number of people with normal jobs can't support their families without government assistance, creating a fraudulent political situation where the party that promises the most handouts fools the uneducated into voting for them? You mean with constant information coming at us, causing widespread stress and psychological disorders?

          I think your assertion of ignorance and shortsightedness meets both those conditions.

  • Tkb

    Tempted to say first, but don't want to be hated…

    • sammy

      doesn't matter. still hated.

    • MylesofStyles

      How's that working out for you?

    • FukTard

      Another douche thinking he was first.

    • max

      What's more annoying than a confident first-er? A hesitant, shy little bitch first-er. Get the fuck outta here!

  • Dan

    #48 #49 Sea World has come a long way since then!

    • quartotenore

      I'm pretty sure that's Marineland of the Pacific. You kids can look it up on Wikipedia.

      • Handjob Murphy

        He's in the SF Bay Area in that section of the photos. Is that what eventually became Marineworld – Africa-USA? That freight train full of brand new cars must have blown his Soviet mind.

        • Jen

          why cant we get some captions on these photos?

        • phoneboy

          That's correct.. this is the old "Marine World Africa USA" that was right off Hwy 101 near Redwood City.

          Then the park moved up to Vallejo and was just "Marine World" and now it's a Six Flags location.

    • Squirrely 24

      No doubt eh! Not much going on in Sandy-Eggo back then!

    • Alex

      They only had 1 dolphin back then.

    • NorCal420

      Taken at Marine Land? In Belmont Ca? ❤ It!!!!

      Great pics of SF too #33, #36, #37

  • Aztek


    • ColaChiver

      Go back to sleep

  • Michael

    The world existed before I was alive?

  • imdowngetme

    #32 Andre 3000?

    • REPLY


      • hootie

        That was as lame as it was predictable. 10 thumbs down and counting…

    • Kevin

      Andre 2000…. Like father like son. Lmao

    • Mr. Rodgers

      I thought the same exact thing. You beat me to the punch.

    • Fatcs

      Im surprised somebody from The Chive knows who that is….

    • Kato

      More like Richard Pryor…

  • Eric

    Were these photos taken with Instagram?

    • Verbal_Kint

      I didn't see any food…. So, no.

  • Jim hardy

    Shouldn't all those pics be in black and white?

    • a-nom

      I really hope you're joking…

      • notbeingsarcastic

        They had cameras back then?

        • A BiPolar Guy

          the used things called "film" and "flash bulbs", but yes. You may find this hard to believe but you couldn't delete the bad shots, it took a few days before you could even look at the pictures, and there was nothing average folks could do about red-eye!

    • back2worknow

      Kodachrome FTW!

      …and now you are singing the Paul Simon song! You're welcome. 🙂

  • geno

    #50 "DRUGS" Gotta love old advertisements

    • DBig

      If it's the one I'm thinking of, that same store is Arizona. Updated, but I believe it's the same.

  • PeRon

    This guy visited a lot of strip clubs

    • Spencetron

      It's funny to think about, but I suppose it makes sense. If you went from the U.S. to the USSR in 1967, what would you have photographed? I'm thinking the long lines to get food and the constant military presence would seem so unusual that it would draw my camera.

      • Gusto

        Not to mention that if these were even semi-official pictures (paid for by the CCCP) then the Soviets wanted to portray America as a land of immorality compared to the common dignity of the average Soviet citizen. So I think that explains the abundance of XXX clubs and gambling pictures.

    • emailhobo

      <div id="idc-comment-msg-div-465478526" class="idc-message"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(465478526)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(465478526)">Close Message Having been born in a Commie country I think that this fellow either really loved strip clubs…. if not then the amount of pictures he took of them was simply to try to portray the free countries as immoral and barbaric. I don't have a problem against strip clubs but back then/even now in some places, it was viewed as being almost barbaric.

  • tv_paul

    #5#7#42 Ah, mammaries…I mean memories.

  • Xanaxtasy

    Seems very interested in the strip clubs. LOL

    • Jasha

      In Soviet Russia, club strips you.

  • pnutz

    #4 say what you want about the mormons but their temples are some of the most beautiful structures in the country

    • k.c.

      10% goes a long way

    • superlambchops

      There's a new one in Calgary tours are being given until Friday. After that its not open to the public.

    • Brett

      I think this is actually Disney Land

  • North

    The boy loves his tittes!

    • twigger

      i do love boobies


    #34 Glad to see women haven't changed.. :DxD

    • Handjob Murphy

      I think that was some stoner hippie in the VW Bug.

      • John

        Now adays the people taking two spots are driving what they think are pretty nice cars, perhaps that beetle driver thought his/her car was the shit

    • dick

      Still park like assholes.

  • Lunch_Box

    1967, now in Technicolor.

  • Euroranger

    Dude certainly seemed to find the strip clubs and casinos easily enough. Then again, being from the USSR where they likely didn't have either, it stands to reason he'd be fairly drawn to things he's not allowed to have back home.

    Looking at these pics though…keep in mind, he almost certainly had several FBI agents tailing him the entire time. Soviet diplomats didn't get to roam alone back then…or probably ever.

    • eddie

      the guy walking the dog out of the hotel… just saying.

      • Euroranger

        The dog is actually a camera and tape recorder.

    • Stephen

      Its likely that he was taking the pictures specifically to illustrate western decadence. That's why he was taking pictures of opulent buildings, strip clubs, and casinos.

  • BobRooney

    Hey, let's visit TheChive and play a game called "Find and shut down the video ad"! If you're lucky, you'll get multiple ads on one page, in different locations! Bonus points!

    C'mon guys, you're better than this…

    • professor

      i dont seem to have that problem

    • Dave

      Chrome, Firefox and Opera all have free ad blocker extensions. Yes they are annoying but only if you're too lazy to block them.

      • BobRooney

        I did not know that. Just got AdBlock for Chrome, what a difference! The site loads and functions 10 times better, too, on top of the fact that I don't need to search and destroy video ads. Crazy how much better a webpage can function when it doesn't have to load and stream two or three different videos! Thanks for the heads up!

  • Frank Redford

    Even back then the bus station let you out in the seedy part of town and the church could be located next to the bank.

  • aaa

    #23 what/where is this?

    • Justin

      looks like a mine of some sort.

    • bbb

      It is the kennecott copper mine in Utah

    • TheBAMFinater

      Kennecott Copper mine in Utah. It is the largest open pit mine in the world, and can bee seen from space.

    • thefauqur

      The exact place that Chuck Norris divided by Zero.

  • Murph

    #17 TheChive needs a bus like this to roll up to their next Meetup in. That thing is far f'ing out.

    • Crazy_Jake

      Those buses used by Greyhound back in the day were custom made for them so their passengers can unload under an awning when it was raining outside to keep them dry.

  • Geoff Woodward

    He wasn't necessarily interested in strip joints and large churches. He probably found the existence of such places amazing. This also fitted the stereotype of the decadent and ignorant west.

    • Dream_Weaver

      "!He probably found the existence of such places amazing"

      He was from Russia, not the 10th century.

      • ThePatriot

        dream weaver there wouldn't have been strip clubs in soviet russia, they would have been considered decadent and evil, an example of the excess of the west. You have to understand soviet russia was alot like certain places in the middle east today

  • Justin

    Dude took alot of shitty pictures IMO.

    • Drew

      You make even worse comments.

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