More than a quarter of a century has passed since the collapse of the USSR into 15 independent states, but signs of the Soviet way of life sometimes remind oneself. Here are just a few, perhaps not the most obvious ones.
But we miss kvass for 3 kopecks!
Carpet on the wallCarpets hanging on the walls served several functions in the apartment of a Soviet person. He simultaneously demonstrated some kind of wealth, and provided heat and sound insulation.
The interior of a typical Soviet apartment: carpet must be at least two
Anatoly Chubais, Avdotya Smirnova and the carpet
ChasingInexpensive and popular in the USSR interior decoration - pictures made on a copper sheet, united by the common term “chasing”. First, hand-made, in a single copy, works were brought from the southern republics, but Soviet industry quickly mastered the genre.
First minted paintings were made handicrafts in Georgia
"Wall" with crystalOne of the main indicators of the well-being of homo sovieticus is a set of light or dark polish, ideally produced in the Czech Republic, Romania or the GDR. The “wall” consisted of open and closed cabinets with mezzanines, but the centerpiece was a sideboard with glazed doors, filled with crystal, a collection of porcelain figurines or car models at a scale of 1:43.
Familiar to the pain of Soviet classics
“Status” Czech chandelier wash - one torment
Strange collectionsIn an effort to surround themselves with the signs of bourgeois life and distract themselves from the Soviet monotony, citizens massively collected packs of foreign cigarettes, labels, aluminum beer cans and lids.
Especially prized rare cans of imported beer
A collection of chewing gum packs - a real treasure
Portfolio- "diplomat"You can still find an old man with a black (less commonly brown) rectangular suitcase made of leatherette on the street or in the subway. An inexpensive, rigorous portfolio was an attribute of a teacher, engineer, or low-ranking manager.
Portfolio diplomat - the dream of any senior student
Wired radioAn important part of the USSR civil defense system was wired radio. It had a number of advantages compared with conventional broadcasting - reliability, simplicity and low cost of receivers, clear sound, and most importantly - it is less vulnerable to interference and weapons of the enemy.
Voronov's family of a peasant listens to radio, USSR, 1928
Wired radio was almost in every kitchen
Tea mushroomEveryone once saw on the kitchen window sill a three-liter jar filled with a dark brown translucent liquid, on the surface of which floats a strange thick pale pancake.
About Kombucha joking that he is reasonable and will soon seize the Earth
Externally Kombucha resembles not a pancake, not a jellyfish
Potato ridesIn times of total shortage and food stamps, a few hectares planted with potatoes were a good help for every family. For entire enterprises, large areas were allocated for planting, divided into smaller ones and distributed among employees.
Textbook landscape "on potatoes"
Afonya: “I'm not, I'm on the potato”
Treatment by genderA hundred years ago, the revolution abolished many old-regime appeals and introduced a single universal “comrade”. To date, the “comrades” have remained only in the armed forces, “gentlemen” and “lady” - mostly in correspondence with the name, and in everyday speech, many Russians use “man”, “woman” and “girl”.
“Are you a man or a woman?” - “What is the difference, comrade?”
New Year with TVYoung people in the post-Soviet space spend New Year's Eve in much the same way as their peers around the world - dancing, walking, getting to know each other. Older people are meeting the new year according to the testament of the postman Pechkin: “Nowadays the main decoration of the table is what? TV!".
Celebration of the New Year in Russia is not without TV
The film “The Irony of Fate ...” is the same mandatory attribute of the New Year as Olivier
One of the funniest shows is the post-Soviet non-formals who were photographed against the backdrop of a carpet or in the outdated interior of the parent apartment. Editorial uznayse.ru invites you to consider how in the 90s in Russia.