The canine members of Soviet Union's space program were stars, symbols of the nation's technological future. And so, throughout the 1950s and 1960s, these pups appeared on matchbook covers, commemorative boxes, ceramics, and more.

A matchbox label with Laika, 1957

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A halva box with Laika

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Children's toy packaging from West Germany, with Laika

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Belka and Strelka on a box

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A match label from 1959

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Laika cigarettes

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Belka and Strelka on a New Year greeting card, 1960

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The Path For Humans is Now Cleared, a propaganda poster designed by K. Ivanov in 1960

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A confectionery tin from 1960, given to guests of the New Year's Eve party at the Kremlin, with the portrait of Belka and Strelka

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Belka and Strelka

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Belka and Strelka in the spaceship, a Gzhel porcelain jug

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An Italian postcard with Kozyavka, another space dog, c. 1960

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Wooden nesting dolls with Layka, Belka and Strelka, 1960

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Belka and Strelka, on a plate

A confectionery tin from 1961 with the portrait of Zvezdochka

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Dogs in space

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Ugolyok and Veterok, two dogs launched in February 1966 on board Cosmos 110, on a Hungarian stamp from 1966

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