20 thoughts on “What Was In Moscow to Buy in 1959?”

  1. Pretty wild. Clerks used an abacus in Russia to figure out change on a purchase? Pretty old school, for sure. Why no pictures of people (Russian “subjects”) at the car dealerships browsing inventory? Also, the radios for sale in those stores looked 1930’s vintage.

    Overall, nice collection of photos!

    • As Viorel wrote, it is a speaker for some kind of local wire network. In soviet world wireless radio was a “dangerous” thing. Citizens might listen not only soviet radio, but for example Radio Free Europe))). In roman alphabet the name of speaker is “Dinamic”.

      • That’s interesting . I remember the advertisments we used to see in the USA:

  2. It was in 1959 …….. It was in Moscow , Leningrad [then], ……….. and smaller cities , and the so-called ‘ glubinka ‘ ??

    I am sad to say- and compare – in Germany then what was possible to buy ?
    Hm-in West Germany, of course !

    Who won the war ?

  3. What you can’t see on the picture is that the goods arrived by waves, for exemple in the bicycle shop:
    on week you had a quantity of saddles, next week only some rims or handlebars many times, there was…nothing. People buy when they could, not when they need, and had to do a stock at home!

  4. top: wikipedia > search > enter: Kiev (brand)
    bottom: wikipedia > search > enter: Zorki (brand) > goto 4
    hope that helps you further
    greetings from hungary

  5. top goto > wikipedia > search Kiev (brand) > 4a
    bottom > wikipedia > search Zorki (brand) > 4
    hope that helps
    greetings from Hungary

  6. Picture no. 18: I have one “Raketa” blue vacuum cleaner, the exact same kind as the ones in the image. It is newer (made in 1962) but it still works. It even has the original motor carbon brushes. The included spares are still to be used.
    The other vacuum cleaner (the grey one) is branded “Uralets”. My 1976 model worked until 2005 when I replaced the brushes with Chinese ones that lasted one month…

    Picture no. 51: I’m glad to see another item that I have: the brown kitchen scale with aluminium plate on top.

    I guess all other products we see in the images were similar quality. No stinkin’ plastic or modern chinesium, buit to last.

    Greeting from Romania!

  7. “Contrary to countries under soviet occupation they had everything, food, clothes, toiletries, house appliances.” Certainly not : i remember the shops attendants putting all the goods under the counter when a bus full of Russian tourists arrived in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. The Russian could empty any shop in 15 minutes!
    They have done that in a blue jean shop from my French town, for the owner pleasure…In the eastern country, more you went in the east, more the shops was empty…


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