Soviet shops. Witness the Soviet life!

People standing in a queue for buying a dish set. Photo: Vilnius in 1990
People standing in a queue for buying a dish set. Photo: Vilnius in 1990
No goods on the shelves
No goods on the shelves
Ironic name for the shop – ‘’Dreams’’
Ironic name for the shop – ‘’Dreams’’
No matter if it suits, you have to buy what is available
No matter if it suits, you have to buy what is available
Not a great choice
Not a great choice
Not a great choice of meat
Not a great choice of meat
Daily life in Soviet times
Daily life in Soviet times
Long queues
Long queues
When one queue is managed, people go to another one
When one queue is managed, people go to another one
Delivery of vodka
Delivery of vodka
Goods were always wrapped in brown paper
Goods were always wrapped in brown paper
Delivery of butter
Delivery of butter
Delivery of bras
Delivery of bras
Delivery of handbags
Delivery of handbags
No it is not a furniture shop, the shelves are simply empty
No it is not a furniture shop, the shelves are simply empty
Everyone is walking in same style of boots
Everyone is walking in same style of boots
Everyone is walking in same style of sandals
Everyone is walking in same style of sandals
Delivery of wine
Delivery of wine
But most often the shops are empty
But most often the shops are empty
It is a tragedy when after standing in a long queue the bottle gets broken
It is a tragedy when after standing in a long queue the bottle gets broken

 

Source: http://spoki.tvnet.lv/vesture/Padomju-veikali-Plauktos-tuksums-seja/750644

Legendary unguent “Звездочка”

Legendary unguent “Звездочка” – “Star” appeared in Soviet drugstores in 70s. Almost everyone remembers this legend, as it was really efficient, sometimes even irreplaceable and not an expensive product. People tried to treat every illness from flue to rheumatism with this. Surprisingly, the drug indeed helped almost in every case.

Soviet union Звездочка

At some point, this unguent disappeared. However, the healing properties were so convincing that Russian pharmacists assisted to reintroduce the “Star” back in the market. Only nowadays, we have found out what this legendary unguent presents, what it consists from and how it can be used.

Soviet Union heritage

Originally it was called “Vietnamese star”, and it was produced in Vietnam. The real inventor was a Vietnamese pharmacological company called Danapha Pharmaceutical JSC.

Red packaging with a golden star was the best fit for Soviet reality. Probably this is the reason why the name has never been changed, and now it is as recognizable as coca cola.

 

Source: http://masterok.livejournal.com/2372662.html

Individual medical box АИ-2

Individual medical box was introduced as the first aid kit for security forces and civil defence forces in the Soviet Union.  In case of a major military conflict АИ-2 had to be spread among the civilian population.

 The design is flashy-orange plastic box, size 9cm × 10cm × 2cm with a label “Individual medical box” and a cross inside a circle. Inside there are several capsules with drugs and an instruction.

The medical box includes:

  • 2 antibacterial agents
  • 2 radioprotector agents
  • antiemetic agent

Previously, also aprofen was included. Aprofen is an antidote to fight organic phosphorus agents. It has a very strong hallucinogenic side effect known to cause people commit suicide in the worse cases.

The medical box should be kept in a warm place

Aptecka, medical box soviet times

Antipison Soviet union

Source: 
http://deadland.ru/node/5857
https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%90%D0%98-2