In this Sesame Street-reminiscent vintage Russian clip circa 1987, we learn how images were edited before the days of Photoshop.
Yes. I am sure the Soviets used this technology purely for improving the contrast on old photos!
For some reason, these Soviet machines made me think of this…
After Joseph Stalin rose to power in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and became Soviet leader, he initiated a number of purges that eliminated perceived enemies. At first, a purge meant expulsion from the Communist Party, but after the Great Purge in the 1930s members were arrested, imprisoned, sent to gulags or to internal exile in Siberia, or executed. The Soviet government attempted to erase some purged figures from Soviet history, and took measures which included altering images, destroying film, and in the most extreme cases, killing off entire families.
Stalin, (Nikolai Yezhov, censored) and Molotow at the shore of the Moskwa-Wolga-Channel. After Yezhow was executed he vanished between 1940-1990 from this pic too.