Adventure & Exploration Inspiration

Valentina Wladimirowna Nikolajewa-Tereschkowa

June 3, 2015

I found this postcard during my latest visit to my favorite flea market and had to buy it. Turns out this woman was the first lady in space in 1963! I love the simple aesthetic of the portrait, and the fact that her face looks like a moon itself only adds to the appeal.

According to Wikipedia Valentina Wladimirowna Tereschkowa was actually a textile-factory assembly worker and an amateur skydiver before being selected from more than four hundred applicants and finalists to pilot the human spaceflight mission Vostok 6. Incredible!

She (and Russian space propaganda in general) inspired some really great artwork. Check it out!

 

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Image Source: Wikipedia

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These and many other matchbox labels here.

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These and more posters like this here.

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Image Source: Russiatrek.org

 

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