Photos of shops prohibited in the USSR.
So, friends, today there will be a post about photographs of Soviet stores that have almost never been included in the Soviet media. These pictures were not published either in the Soviet press or in Soviet periodical journals, and they were most often not taken at all by Soviet citizens — they were made by foreign journalists coming tothe USSR. Why did not take pictures of the inhabitants of the country of the Soviets? Soviet citizens at that time were most often engaged in standing in the very lines that photographers captured.
So, in today's post - photographs of Soviet stores that were banned in the USSR. Be sure to show them to all your acquaintances who love the USSR and dream to return there - so that, so to speak, they would have an idea of what awaits them there.
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02. So let's get started. Fans of the scoop often do not believe the fact that in the late USSR there was nothing on the shelves except juice bottles - this is direct evidence of this fact; the picture was taken in one of the Soviet gastronomes in the eighties.The picture quality is pretty good, you can even look at the labels - on the middle shelf there are cans with apple-cherry juice, and at the top - with apple-raspberry.
By the way, the composition of this Soviet balloon "juice" was far from natural - for example, birch sap was heavily diluted with sugared water with the addition of citric acid. And what is interesting is that the tablet in the photo below (above the banks in the top row) does not lie, calling the product “apple-raspberry drink”.
03. Perhaps, only tomato juice was more or less natural in the USSR (it is the most difficult to forge and dilute it), but very often it was also almost the only commodity in the Soviet eighties grocery. I suggest that all fans of the USSR try on such a picture - you come to the store, and there it is:
04. Now let's see how the meat departments of the stores looked and functioned. In the eighties, more and more money was spent onwar in Afghanistan, and in shops normal meat disappeared. Having come to the deli meat department in the evening, most often you could see the following picture:
05. So how did Soviet citizens buy meat? From time to time, the meat was brought to the shops, and the time of its delivery was known to everyone who had time to defend him in a huge queue.The tail of the line often ended far outside the store, which is clearly seen here in this photo:
06. And this frame captures the beginning of the queue in the meat department. Pay attention to the empty white counters around.
07. If you think that taking the first place, you are guaranteed to get the best cuts of meat - then you are greatly mistaken. The best pieces went "from under the counter" to numerous acquaintances of sellers; in those years, even a popular joke went to the USSR: “Communism will come to us when every Soviet person has his own familiar seller in the meat department.”
Ordinary Soviet citizens who did not have acquaintances were forced to be content with incomprehensible pieces of carcass with huge bones, which is clearly seen here in this picture:
08. But the sale of the very "incredibly tastySoviet sausage". There are also very important details - there are only two types of sausages in front of the buyers. Sausages in the department are only two types - sausages and the best sausage in the world at 2.20. A large line of customers stand in front of the counter with weights, which cut this sausage piece by piece - I would not be surprised if in limited quantities, not more than 0.5 kg in one hand.
09And this is the sale of frozen chickens - which were in the late USSR a terrible deficit. I grew up in a non-poor family, but I didn’t see chicken meat more or less 1-2 times a month - they simply could not be bought anywhere.
The picture is still unique in that in the middle of the queue an uncle is captured with some kind of red crust, and, apparently, is preparing to present it to the seller - the benefit recipients could buy goods without a queue and in larger quantities than ordinary citizens. Such beneficiaries (from among the veterans of various Kulikov battles and the All-Union Lunar Structures named after the Komsomol) were in almost every store, and the whole line hissed on them.
10. Now let's look at the fish department. I think you have seen this common image more than once, when in the fish department they sell only frozen pollock wrapped in sheets of wrapping paper.
11. Recently, I managed to find such a “background” of this picture, which shows the full picture well - the saleswoman is picking up a frozen fish from a huge aluminum cuvette and carrying it away to customers. Most likely, the pollock was “thrown out” in the same way as chickens and meat — they were brought to the store at a certain time, and a queue immediately followed him.That is, if you came to the fish department at some other time, there would not even be a pollock there.
12. Now let's go through the dairy products. This is approximately what the middle dairy row looked like in the eighties of Soviet gastronomes - at best there was cottage cheese packaged in half a kilogram packs of wax paper, sometimes there was butter. There was also milk and kefir - that is, in principle, the entire range. The cream was deficient, sometimes it was imported melted milk (with a yellow foil lid) - it was considered a delicious delicacy. Yoghurt or something like that in the USSR did not exist in principle.
13. In some years, in some parts of the USSR even good bottled milk was in short supply - and it did not stand free on the shelves, but was dispensed by sellers, as can be seen in the picture below. In general, by the way, if in the USSR something did not stand freely on the shelves (like juice in cylinders in the pictures above), then you can be sure that this was a scarce commodity that is in demand.
14. And one more very interesting frame concerning the Soviet "milk". Often fresh milk in the USSR was not sold in the store itself, but from the boxes next to it, there are two versions of why this happened.The first version - some middle-sized supplier supplied milk, and in order not to drag him to the store, he was quickly sold to customers right at the entrance - good milk flew off in an hour. Version two - shop sellers thus sold milk "past the cash register", punching checks later and putting the price difference in their pocket.
15. Sometimes milk could be bought on the street, from barrels to bottling (like kvass). Can you imagine now such a line for ordinary milk? Here I am not.
16. And this is the turn in the bread department. Yes, there people also had to defend the queues - good white bread and some bagels were quickly dismantled, there was only one sour “brick” bread.
17. The picture below, taken in the same department, most likely captures just such a situation - the grandmother lacked some goods from the bread department's assortment. In general, compare how much this does not look like modern grocery stores - where absolutely any products lie openly on the shelves.
18. But the photo from the wine-vodka department, the photographer captured the moment of happy possession of the White Stork cognac, which in the eighties released no more than 2 bottles in one hand.
nineteen.Also the wine-vodka department, the happy owner of the Wheat vodka bought with the coupon - the uncle shows the photographer also the coupons themselves, with one cut and off-square.
20. If you think it was better with manufactured goods in the late USSR, then I will disappoint you. This is how household goods stores often looked like - on the counters you can see only plastic colanders of two colors, as well as blue plastic nursery pots.
21. And this is a shoe store. You can see only a few pairs of shoes and some sandals.
So it goes. How are the forbidden photos of Soviet stores? Would like to return to suchthe USSR?
Write in the comments, interesting.