My Favorite Russian Things

I’ve had the good fortune to travel to Russia and post-Soviet republics five times between 1988 and 2014. I’m not a big shopper or collector, and I recently went through the cathartic process outlined by the brilliant Marie Kondo I. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, so I don’t have a lot left. 

My precocious 6th grade nephew is currently fascinated with Russia and Russian history so I decided to post a few of my favorite things for him. 

Pioneer Camp tooth powder box. 


I got this precious box at the Ismailova open air market in Moscow in 2003. I bought two and gave one to a Russian friend. The merchant explained that this was for tooth powder, which would then be mixed with water to create toothpaste. It was made by the Tyozhe company. 

Alcoholic post card 


This original postcard has a caption that says “Non-alcoholic wine”. I guess the joke is that the dude just threw it up and therefore he has the alcohol out of his system. Or maybe he accidentally drank nonalcoholic wine and so he threw it up in disgust. Thoughts? 

I don’t remember where I got it. 

Lenin Book

I got this book “Lenin” at the now defunct Lenin Museum on Red Square in 1988. It’s by a Soviet publisher and has tons of black and white pictures. 

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