First Cosmonaut Visual Essays

Photos from the Flight of Gagarin

Photos from the Flight of Gagarin

Iurii Gagarin, Son of Russia

Thanks to John McCannon, Long Island University, for these examples of the folk art commemorating Gagarin’s flight. These lacquer boxes made in the famous village of Palekh were among the countless examples of state-inspired but popular expressions of pride in the Russian cosmonaut.

Iurii Gagarin, Son of Russia

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