New Cooperative Society

New Cooperative Society

On the 26th of May, 1988 there was adopted the law that permitted cooperatives to deal with any legal activities, including trade. It was expected that cooperatives would eliminate trade deficit and lead to improved quality of service but what they got was speculation and financial transactions to cash money.

New Cooperative Society

The picture was taken at the “All Union Exhibition of Cooperatives”: clothes for football fans were sold at this stand.

New Cooperative Society

Who knows how many patties were sold?

New Cooperative Society

Such overalls were the main products of many first Soviet cooperatives.

New Cooperative Society

This is a cooperative shop: the women are working at the old sewing machines.

New Cooperative Society

Such jeans were the most fashionable in the 80s.

New Cooperative Society

Fakes of “Mawin” jeans were rather widespread.

New Cooperative Society

These were the sneakers offered by cooperatives.

New Cooperative Society

New Cooperative Society

Artem Tarasov was the founder of the cooperative “Equipment” that offered computers, he became the first legal millionaire in the USSR.

New Cooperative Society

It was the product of his cooperative.

New Cooperative Society

New Cooperative Society

It’s the ad of “MMM” cooperative that sold office equipment.

New Cooperative Society

The creator of the first cooperative restaurant of the country fed all the participants of the exhibition of cooperatives with tasty food.

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It’s the line at his restaurant.

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And this is its menu.

New Cooperative Society

This was how the restaurant looked inside.

New Cooperative Society

New Cooperative Society

New Cooperative Society

The restaurant had many visitors, they all wanted to taste “new life” but most of them could only afford coffee or a shot of vodka.

New Cooperative Society

The owner of the restaurant, Andrey Fedorov, became the symbol of a successful cooperative businessman.

New Cooperative Society

However soon he got some competitors. In the Olympic Village, for example, there was opened a cafe-club “Near the Fountain”.

New Cooperative Society

This was a cooperative night club.

New Cooperative Society

In the very beginning of 1990 already existing cooperative cafes got the most powerful competitor – the transnational fast food.

New Cooperative Society

This is a VCR “Electronics VM-12” – the symbol of luxury and the subject of pipe dreams for millions of Soviet citizens.

New Cooperative Society

The first Soviet video shop appeared in Arbat. It was followed by many thousands of others.

New Cooperative Society

Video shops were almost everywhere: in sports sections, at housing offices, in old trams… Some of them were mobile. People could see cartoons as well as erotica.

New Cooperative Society

It reads: “Wanna buy dollars”.

Profits of numerous cooperators were not controlled anyhow at all. Nowadays production cooperatives are not widespread as opposed to consumer cooperatives.

via istpravda.ru

4 thoughts on “New Cooperative Society”

  1. “”This is a cooperative shop: the women are working at the old sewing machines.””
    NO- this are modern sewing machines of GDR (east germany)
    company TEXTIMA most export to USSR and we in east germany dont get these sewing machines 🙁

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