Last time I was talking about the lovely artwork in a book which had intrigued me as a 9 year old. It was:
It has some beautiful pen and ink drawings. This is Moscow University in Moscow. The winning quiz question, of course, is “What is the name of the river in Moscow?”
Here is the Moscow Hotel, built in the old Stalinist style:
Here is a football match in Moscow. Defending the goal is Moscow Spartak and attacking is Moscow Dynamo, team of the great Lev Yashin, the ‘Black Octopus’:
Other sketches are just of everyday events Here is the seaside. Don’t miss the seven nuclear submarines. The crews spent days camouflaging them:
Here are two siblings, one is playing tennis despite her legs being drawn straight with a ruler while her brother is swimming away through a sea of oil after his submarine collided with one of the other six. That’s just one of the risks of high quality camouflage:
Here’s winter. Can you see Bigfoot sitting thoughtfully in front of the trees on the right?:
A nice picture of a table set for a meal. Note the traditional vodka in the tiny glasses although the bottle seems to be missing:
Lastly a bomber flies slowly over its target which appears to be some kind of factory. Surely the starboard propeller is about to cut the wing off ?
But who was Nina Potapova?
A beautiful slip of a girl when she got married:
She had all the usual hobbies:
She fought the Germans in the war:
She was always jealous of her husband, Frank, who always received more medals than she did. He was in the Red Fleet, the Commander of seven nuclear submarines. Note the KGB man behind him:
But that was all years ago. Nowadays, Nina is just famous as the mother of a successful Olympic weightlifter, Frank junior: