December 8, 2008

In Soviet Union, The Catalog Orders You


Back up a minute, comrade. Can somebody explain how it is that we--the Americans--supposedly won the Cold War, and yet I'm the one who has to wrestl with a pile of catalogs as big as a bear cub and twice as unwieldy? Meanwhile, the Ruskies only had to have one catalog for everything?


Of course, in 1983, "everything" boiled down to about six models of plastic guns and a doorway bouncy chair. And some blocks And a Soviet stroller and high chair and crib. Actually, those wood blocks and the house-building blocks look kind of cool. And those shiny black Wellies... Do they have vintage stores in Russia?

The Soviet Lookbook [ via nothing is new]

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