A selection of photos from the country that doesn’t exist any more.
One Soviet ruble could buy you:
1 full lunch in a cafeteria
100 km hitchhiking ride
33 glasses of soda
50 calls from payphone
100 boxes of matches
20 subway rides
4 loafs of bread, 1 kg each
5 liters of fresh milk
20 movie tickets
2 bottles of good beer and change left
8 packs of bad cigarettes
6 kg of watermelon in August or 3 kg melons
1 day rent a room on the Black Sea
Wedding cars were usually decorated with a doll sitting on the car hood and colorful ribbons and balloons in USSR.
On the first day of school there was a tradition of a boy from the last grade carrying a first-grader girl on his shoulder, with the girl ringing a bell. That symbolized her first ever school bell and soon-to-be over school for the high schoolers.
Still from a Soviet cult movie.
Soviet lottery “Sportlotto” ticket. Had to guess five numbers out of 36.
Book fairs were popular.
Kids in around 1950s. Those “rocket” kid cars were very popular and every kid wanted them but rarely had a chance to get.
KAMAZ trucks during “testing” route.
Reading a letter from son in the army.
Soda pay machines were placed on Soviet streets. You could get one glass for 1/100 of Soviet ruble. The glass was a regular glass, not disposable and was reused by anyone who wanted a soda. There was a separate tap to wash the glass.
Soviet famous actor.
Soviet drink alternatives for foreign drinks, like “Holland Gyn”, soda “Bendictian”
“Every Sunday morning joy rides on Soviet planes IL-14 and AN-2”. Ticket price 1 ruble for adults, 1/2 ruble for kids. It was in Crimea.
Soviet cult radio VEF. Was made in Latvia.
Soviet policeman lectures a boy who done something wrong.
Soviet pioneers, Wester scouts alternative. Were using trumpets as their symbol.
Every Soviet teen wanted a moto and a guitar.
First Soviet videogame.
Rental store, Soviet person could rent household items.
Soviet people watching TV outside the house.
Soviet bread snacks for sale.
Soviet cult soccer team.
TVs for sale.
One of the first Soviet video tape recorders/players.
Kruschev, Brezhnev, Gagarin celebrating New Year 1963.
Soviet kids had an awesome handwriting in cursive. Before ball pens had to dip their ink pens into ink bottles.
Soviet “Zaporozhets” car ad.
Boys inside of the house of mirrors.
Innovation on display.
10 Soviet rubles –
– was often borrowed to a neighbor
– was then too shy to remind about this debt
– universal pay for any service between people
– huge piece of expensive sausage
– expensive toy, like a table top game or remote controlled car or small billiard.
Soviet collective farm workers.
Traffic light in Moscow c. 1950s.
Soviet attraction in an amusement park.
First Soviet cosmonauts lined up.
Soviet small van car based on Moskvich car.
Soviet interior details many people still remember.
Construction workers building Trans Baikal railroad having lunch.
Soviet people at “Subbotnik” or Saturday work day – a sort of voluntarily day when neighbors helped to clean up territory around their buildings.