1979: Return to Estonia

A billboard of Vladimir Lenin overlooks a Tallinn street.

A billboard of Vladimir Lenin overlooks a Tallinn street.

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Russian-built cars line the street near Viru Gate.

Russian-built cars line the street near Viru Gate.

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Modern cooperative developments contrast with medieval skyline.

Modern cooperative developments contrast with medieval skyline.

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Locals line up to buy their morning newspapers.

Locals line up to buy their morning newspapers.

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Young Estonians at sports competition dress in western attire.

Young Estonians at sports competition dress in western attire.

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Estonian boys on a dock hold onto their dinghies with ropes.

Estonian boys on a dock hold onto their dinghies with ropes.

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Pre-communist Estonian home is state owned and subdivided as of 1980.

Pre-communist Estonian home is state owned and subdivided as of 1980.

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American of Estonian descent visits with a young relative.

American of Estonian descent visits with a young relative.

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A Russian immigrant washes dishes in her Estonian home.

A Russian immigrant washes dishes in her Estonian home.

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Man shops for privately grown fresh produce at local market.

Man shops for privately grown fresh produce at local market.

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A Russian tourist dances with an Estonian folk dancer.

A Russian tourist dances with an Estonian folk dancer.

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A man drives a hay cart on a farm he works with his mother.

A man drives a hay cart on a farm he works with his mother.

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A modern Estonian couple strolls down a city street.

A modern Estonian couple strolls down a city street.

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Soviet citizens shop for radios in an Estonian store.

Soviet citizens shop for radios in an Estonian store.

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Pedestrians fill the narrow streets of Tallinn.

Pedestrians fill the narrow streets of Tallinn.

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Cabaret dancers perform for tourists at popular Tallinn hotel.

Cabaret dancers perform for tourists at popular Tallinn hotel.

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Cabaret performers apply makeup backstage before a show.

Cabaret performers apply makeup backstage before a show.

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Men are suspended in salt water at sanatorium to treat spinal problem.

Men are suspended in salt water at sanatorium to treat spinal problem.

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The State Academic Male Choir performs by Tallinn's city hall.

The State Academic Male Choir performs by Tallinn’s city hall.

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Return to Estonia

By PRIIT J. VESILIND
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SENIOR STAFF

Photographs by COTTON COULSON

National Geographic Magazine, Vol. 157, No. 4, April 1980, p. 485-511.

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