December 8, 2008

In Soviet Union, The Catalog Orders You

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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?

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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 [englishrussia.com via nothing is new]

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