68 Moscow vendors

Moscow vendors

Posted on December 27, 2009 by team


The Moscow streets used to be decorated by syrup carts, kvass barrels, flower stalls, balloons vendors… Where is it all now? Soon there won’t be stalls, everything has moved to supermarkets. Fine that ice-cream is still can be bought in the street. Here is the selection of Moscow vendors old pictures.

Food shopping stalls in Sukharevka, the beginning of the previous century.



M. Petrov – an ice-cream vendor. On the cart an advertisement of the famous chocolate, sweets and macaroni factory of Johann Ludwig Ding can be seen.


An ice-cream vendor, 1934.


Ice-cream, 1947.


The shop-window of Eliseevsky grocery, 1950.


Probably in 1955 this lady had “piroshki” (patties) in her basket.


Abundance in the Moscow shops of 1956.


One more ice-cream vendor in Tverskaya Street.


Piroshki? Ice-cream?


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68 Responses to “Moscow vendors”

  1. johnson says:


  2. Tourist says:

    Wow. I wish I could have been a tourist and seen USSR.

    I’ve been to modern day Moscow and lots of the small kiosks for flowers, street food, and magazine/papers are still there. My favorite were the ones in the underground walkways. The little kiosks really do add to the feel of Moscow.

    Ha, in Azerbaijan they still have the guys on the street that charge a small fee to weigh you, I’m not sure I’ve seen that in Moscow.

  3. jackdaw says:

    Two remarkable things about those sparkling water vending machines:
    * They had only one glass cup… (The hygiene conscious would carry their own mug.)
    * During my one-month stay in ’87, I never saw a machine with the cup missing/stolen.

    Are those machines still in service?

  4. May Cry says:

    Cities without street sellers lose part of their life.
    I like that in my country cities.
    And don’t like this obsession of mayors, taking the sellers from the street.
    This pics of old Moscow are awesome. Make me wish to travel through time and be there to a visit.

  5. Boris Abramov says:

    What a wonderful and insightful post! Thank you so much for posting it.

  6. Angel says:

    Gostei muito deste post. Realmente interessante.

    • KholdMalik says:

      Hahahaha, tu também é brasileiro?
      Se for, que mundo pequeno, hein?
      Nós temos algumas coisas similares, exceto a parte do vendedor que informa o peso XD
      Realmente: esse post ficou muito bom.

  7. Swede says:

    Who buys a void? How does one sell a void?

  8. Ark Royal says:

    I love street vendors and open markets. When I was young in Arizona, in this little town called St. Davids, there was this roadside stand that sold the best vegetables and fruit. Now it’s just a great memory from my childhood. Anyway Thank You for the Wonderful Post!

  9. Taupey says:

    Damn you Kirovs bewilder the Hell out of me!

  10. Steamed McQueen says:

    As late as 2002 many street vendors could still be found in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Near every metro station there was a mish-mash of kiosks, tables and wheeled carts, selling anything and everything.

    Most of them are gone now. In their place are soulless, sterile malls as can be found anywhere in the world.

  11. Bijdehans says:

    Best picture is the one where the old lady looks in awe at what appears to be grapes or dades at Central Market as if they are Fabergé eggs… Also love the shop names, a stall selling cigarettes called: Cigarettes… Brilliant!

  12. rafal says:

    facinating story. I’m from Poland, not far from Russia but i can’t imagin how people may live and be happy in Russia. This is sdtrange country with great corruption.


  13. max says:

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  14. Ark Royal says:

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  15. Tracy Kovel says:

    Are you a Russian Kirov? I’m glad you won! I hate Russian In The Dark with a wicked passion!

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  19. Adolfo Camara says:

    This will be one of my favorite posts from ER!

    Pretty illustrative.

    Thanks to the editor.

  20. Ones says:

    Beautifull clasic picture

  21. shizo says:

    I wonder if the “void” seller was also getting paid in.. void?

  22. Tell us more about this move to supermarkets. What are the arguments pro and con? Is it a matter of political influence on the part of big supermarkets? Are the street vendors seen as a threat to anybody?

  23. CBEH says:

    Today, in Soviet Amerika, it is illegal for any person to sell anything inside a city as a street vendor, unless they have paid many taxes and submitted many paperwork forms to receive a business license.

  24. Kirov says:

    Kriov? Ha ha, look at this fool! Nobody buying your BS, d¡Ck.

  25. SSSR says:

    Russia is now with the times.They can find it all at the Ikea Mega Mall!

  26. SSSR says:

    Are you Russian Taupey?

  27. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says:

    I love the nice Russian people in the photos. How many were informers for KGB?

    Why can’t my people be nice and stop the protests, so that I don’t have to kill them? I do everything to make them happy, but they turn on me like Russian mail-order bride after husband pays her air ticket to London.

    Peace out,
    M. Ahmadinejad
    Persian People Pleaser

  28. Moss says:


    Nice with small shops instead of big supermarkets

  29. Schulschiff Deutschland says:

    Okay Boss!

  30. SSSR says:

    Click on my name Taupey,my link shoulld be there.

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    Are you still watching me?

  32. Cutty Sark says:

    Go to sleep!

  33. Cutty Sark says:

    Finnish STOP watching me!

  34. Tauper says:


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  36. Sviatitel Nikolai says:

    Dear Finnish Englishman, can you please delete my comments 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29. I would not of made them all had you published the first comment I submitted, right after I sent it. I am thanking you inadvance for your time and consideration.

    TaupeyAna Hendaye

  37. Talamasca says:

    Thank you, and your contributors, again for sharing so much of your real life culture with the rest of the world.

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