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Wise thoughts USSR matchbox labels

Every revolution is only worth anything unless it can defend itself. Vladimir Lenin. In a world of wise thoughts USSR matchbox labels

Every revolution is only worth anything unless it can defend itself. Vladimir Lenin. In a world of wise thoughts USSR matchbox labels. Sloboda match factory “Belka”. 1967

Great Stanislavsky wrote that thoughts were feelings originally. Therefore, when we read the thoughts and sayings of great people, first of all we get acquainted with their feelings, and relate with ours. Thought reaches its maximum effect at a time when it is laconic. It is practically impossible not to understand the meaning, enclosed in two or three sentences. Such thoughts, or words of wisdom came in a series of the USSR match labels produced at Sloboda match factory “Belka”, match factory Balabanovo, Kaluga factory Giant, and the Kirov factory Red Star. Quotes in the world without the Internet and mobile communications served as auto-motivators. Wise thoughts USSR matchbox labels were always at hand – on a matchbox. These wise thoughts taught Soviet people kindness, diligence, honesty, good attitude towards others and life.
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30 June Soviet Youth Day

Soviet Youth Day, USSR postage stamp of 1958 (green)

Soviet Youth Day, USSR postage stamp of 1958 (green)

30 June – Soviet Youth Day, favorite holiday of all young people in the USSR, still celebrated in every city and town of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The history of the “Soviet Youth Day” dates back February 7, 1958, after the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union “On Establishing Soviet Youth Day”. That decree ordered to celebrate Youth Day every year on the last Sunday of June. The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union put the main task for the festive events on the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League. At that time, as all the administrative units of the Soviet Union of Soviet Socialist Republics celebrated “Day of Soviet Youth” together, but after perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the situation has changed. Since independence, some former Soviet republics transferred this feast to the next day, some have changed its name, and some have abolished it. However, there are those who sought to preserve the best traditions inherent in the rule of the Communist Party. Due to this, at the moment, on the last Sunday of June the Day of Youth is celebrated in Belarus and Ukraine.
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1958 Soviet Ballet Matchbox Labels

Galina Ulanova, Bakhchisarai Fountain. 1958 Soviet Ballet Matchbox Labels

Galina Ulanova (8 January 1910 – 21 March 1998) in “Bakhchisarai Fountain”. 1958 Soviet Ballet Matchbox Labels

1958 Soviet Ballet Matchbox Labels
Balabanovo experimental factory in Kaluga region issued in 1958 a series of matchbox labels on the theme of Soviet ballet. Labels with images of outstanding ballerinas of the 20th century – Olga Lepeshinskaya, Galina Ulanova, Marina Semyonova, Marianna Bogolyubskaya, Sulamith Messerer, Anatoly Kuznetsov, Vladimir Preobrazhensky, Asaf Messerer, Michael Gabovich, and other famous Soviet ballet dancers. The inscriptions on the labels are in French, as in 1958, gift sets of matches were shown on various subjects in the Soviet pavilion at the World Exhibition in Brussels.
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Revolutionary Era First Soviet toys

Revolutionary Era First Soviet toys. Pilot. Aircraft. Board Game 'On the way characters'. 1930s

Revolutionary Era First Soviet toys. Pilot. Aircraft. Board Game ‘Following the path of heroes’. 1930s

Revolutionary Era First Soviet toys

Immediately after the revolution, the need for a toy has become a requirement of life. But in the country, fighting on the front, and then selflessly restoring the destroyed economy, there were not, and could not be companies that produced such products. It is no coincidence one of the first government regulations partially permitted free trade in toys, among other handicrafts. In the 1920s and even the 30s in different parts of the USSR, especially in the provinces, the most common and affordable remained homemade toy. It was made for and by the children themselves, as well as single artisans, selling their simple goods in the markets and fairs. Living in the distant cities and villages, they kept folk art features in their handmade products.
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Chemistry inspired USSR matchbox labels

Chemistry in service of mankind - Chemistry inspired USSR matchbox labels

In service of mankind – Chemistry inspired USSR matchbox labels

Chemistry in service of mankind – Chemistry inspired USSR matchbox labels

In the USSR, Chemical industry has been widely developed, particularly in Russia and Ukraine. Produced: mineral fertilizers, crop protection chemicals (164 thousand tons in 1970), Sulfuric acid (12.1 million tonnes), soda (3.67 million tonnes) and caustic (1.94 million tons), soda, synthetic resin and plastics, chemical fibers and threads, tires (34.6 million units), and others. It is natural that with such development of the industry, it has received attention from the state – a professional holiday was established. An outstanding scientist, the founder of the periodic table of chemical elements Dmitri Mendeleev was the personification of the profession. Issued stamps dedicated to the scientist, published a series of matchbox labels, popularizing science and the chemical industry. The chemist Day – a professional holiday of the chemical and petrochemical industry workers, which dates back to Soviet times. Day of the chemist was established by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from October 1, 1980 “On holidays and memorial days” and is celebrated annually on the last Sunday of May.
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Space exploration Matchbox labels

Space exploration Matchbox labels made in USSR

Space exploration Matchbox labels made in USSR

Right 55 years ago, on April 12, 1961 the world has learned the name of the first man in space – Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The USSR printing factories released in large quantities posters, stamps, matchbox labels devoted to the great event. This post features Space exploration Matchbox labels of the time. People began collecting match-box labels as soon as they appeared. There were collections in the Soviet Union which included labels made in 1846. During the past 100 years collecting match-boxes has become a very popular hobby. Thousands of Soviet people collected match-box labels, sold, bought, and exchanged them. The labels show not only the name of the factory and the year of production. They are priceless source of information on history, culture, science, art. On matchbox labels were printed portraits of outstanding people, significant and even historic events in the life of the country, kinds of plants, species of animals, sports, etc. So collecting match-box labels is not just a hobby. Together with philately and numismatics it enriches our minds with interesting and useful information.
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Soviet propaganda porcelain

Plate Soviet propaganda porcelain

Plate ‘Cubist Hammer’. 1919. PV Kuznetsov. Soviet propaganda porcelain

The early USSR period Soviet propaganda porcelain, has become a business card of our country, the same as the jeweler’s art of Faberge, icons, or avant-garde painting. Indeed, nowadays, products from porcelain cost much and sold at the famous auction houses. Meanwhile, vases, plates, cups, dishes and porcelain statuettes were in many Soviet families. But now, the best pieces of the USSR porcelain, and in particular, early Soviet Soviet era, so-called propaganda porcelain is rarity, worth of best museums. In addition, due to the unavailability of items and a sense of historical belonging, and of course, nostalgia for the recent past, such porcelain is now highly collectible.
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