Riga port 1938. Visual archive

Bacon export from Riga port 1938. Visual archive.

1938 Latvia is independent country, its economy is blooming. Riga is multicultural city and living its daily life, nobody believes that another war could start soon. Country have recovered from First World War in which it suffered a lot, Latvia have rebuilt its economy and agriculture is very important part of it. I remember history lessons at school when teacher told about legend of 30’s – bacon export from Latvia which did bring important incomes. 9,4 million kg of pork were exported from Latvia in 1937.

It is possible to see busy harbor of Riga at the beginning of the video which have been important income for city through centuries. Also it is possible to see retro tram of Riga in action and it looks like pigs are going from it to the ship.