Moscow vendors

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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.

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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.

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An ice-cream vendor, 1934.

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Ice-cream, 1947.

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The shop-window of Eliseevsky grocery, 1950.

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

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Abundance in the Moscow shops of 1956.

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One more ice-cream vendor in Tverskaya Street.

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Piroshki? Ice-cream?

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Vegetables vendor, 1975.

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Drinks: a lemonade vendor, the beginning of the previous century.

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A carbonator cart, 1947.

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The most beautiful soda machines were probably in the 60s.

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Syrup and water for 4 copecks in the end of the 50s.

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Kvass vendor in the open air celebration. The 40s.

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Beer. Pay attention to a splendid blue trashcan.

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Kvass vendor in 1975.

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And these are new model machines, the 80s.

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Papers and cigarettes: vendors of 1926.

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One more cigarettes stall.

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The cigarettes stand, 1947.

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Flowers: mimosa in Pushkin square, 1941.

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Flowers near Metropol, 1947.

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Here is the entire flower market in Komsomolskaya square.

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Markets: trade at Dorogomilovsky market, the end of the 30s.

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Tsvetnoy boulevard. Central market.

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The stalls at the Yaroslavsky station. 1959.

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Central market, 1963.

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The “accidental” market of the 90s.

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Miscellaneous: shawls, 1900.

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The bookstalls near the walls of China-town, at Il’inskiye Vorota.

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Balloons.

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The vendor of weight information. 1989.

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The void vendor. 1991.

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68 thoughts on “Moscow vendors”

  1. 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.

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  2. 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?

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  3. 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.

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    • 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.

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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!

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  7. 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.

    rafal
    oto-ja.pl/index.php/profil/userprofile/rafal

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  10. 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?

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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

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