21 Food For Soviet Diplomatic Officials

Food For Soviet Diplomatic Officials


Below is a price-list of foodstuffs sold at the special ‘Beryozka’ store in Moscow and intended for diplomatic officials.


Meanwhile, common people had nothing to choose from…

Location: Moscow

via valaamov-osel

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21 Responses to “Food For Soviet Diplomatic Officials”

  1. CZenda says:

    I vaguely remember these Camel ads from my childhood. The man was involved in various adventures – canoeing, camping in a jungle etc. I liked his style much more than that of a Marlboro Man (whom I saw as a redneck) :)

  2. Java says:

    Checking this from the office computer while eating my breakfast which is nothing more than a fruit yogurth and a coffee ain’t a good idea…

  3. Bear says:

    Ah! good old hypocrisy of the Communist Party.

  4. Hirsh says:

    Wow i thought i remembered the world transitioning from disposable pull tab beverage cans to retained pop top ones sooner then the mid eighties? Guess i’ll havd to google when was the pop top can invented.

    BTW those pull tabs used to litter the ground EVERYWHERE waiting to cut your bare foot open. I thought we did away with them by the late ’70s? Guess my memory isn’t as good as it used to be.

  5. Tovarich Volk says:

    Sadly, some of the people are more equal than others.

  6. Verto says:

    Food from “Mars” ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !several generations died of dreaming of these kind Food ! ! ! ! !RIP to all Dreamers! ! ! ! !

  7. Andy says:

    God, I miss these things.

  8. Uncledoh says:

    in 1983 when those “catalogs” were produced, probably 98% of population has never ever seen the color of it and even less of those “goods” in store shelves that are featured in that soviet propaganda catalog.

  9. Archy Bunka says:

    In order to “look good” foreigners were given preference.
    I have heard that the reason why products were in such short supply in Moscow was that the black market grabbed everything off the truck and distributed it around the country.

  10. mikefromCanada says:

    Arghhh Crown Royal isn’t from USA! Silly peasant!

  11. Osip says:

    Oh wow. Canned hot dog sausages. Yum-yum.

  12. Marco says:

    Wow they had portuguese wine :-)

    (I’m Portuguese lol)

    • West-Europe says:

      They also had like everything from the Heineken breweries and the Bols distilleries.

      I guess Dutchmen only produce good booze and cheese.

  13. marxistworker says:

    “Meanwhile, common people had nothing to choose from..” This started during the 1930s when Stalin instituted a class system (thereby dismantling the quasi-marxism of the 1920s) where government workers and party members received rewards and privileges over workers.

  14. MED92 says:

    yeh , im diplomat i can get any >:D

  15. banana says:

    plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.
    but seriously dried pasta a luxury?

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