Here’s the Eastern Bloc as you’ve never seen it before.

We’re used to seeing pictures of an abandoned, crumbling Soviet empire, but these Soviet-era postcards, dating from the 1960s to the 1980s, try to paint communism in a positive light.

Though it was undoubtedly an uphill struggle.

There are brutal hotels, dreary blocks of social housing and fearsome statues. An uncompromising landscape in anyone’s book.

The postcards all appear in the tome Brutal Bloc Postcards, published by Fuel, which says: ‘They offer a nostalgic yet revealing insight into social and architectural values of the time, acting as a window through which we can examine cars, people and of course, buildings. These postcards are at once sinister, funny, poignant and surreal.’

Scroll down for the Soviet Union – sunny side up, cement factories and all.

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