Photo Check-In: Soviet Kitsch Found in the Backwaters of Bulgaria
At some point every new generation longs for the old: old ways, old music, old cars, vintage clothing. That’s especially true when it comes to Soviet nostalgia and kitsch, harkening back to the U.S.S.R.
MIR Tour Manager Michel Behar knows that Soviet kitsch is a hit and easily found in the backwaters of Bulgaria, where he shared his finds this week with his fellow travelers, currently surveying Bulgaria tours on the MIR tour, Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses. It’s in the village of Kučerinovo, not far from Rila Monastery. No, it’s not an official museum – it’s a functioning garage! Michel checked in with these photos of Soviet kitsch, from back in the day when Bulgaria was a Soviet bloc country.
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My favorite is the Mickey Mouse car painted in orange and yellow. I don’t have a driver’s license, but if I did I’d like to own this car and drive it!
– Michel Behar, MIR Tour Manager
(Top photo: A Stalin bust is tucked into the back of a vintage Soviet taxi in western Bulgaria; the sign says “Bolshevik Street.” Photo credit: Michel Behar)
PUBLISHED: June 5, 2015