Back to the USSR: Lamenting the loss of the everyday


Draw off on tap

“The thing I remember most fondly is how milk was sold on tap,” said Polina Maslovskaya, a retiree. “You had to buy it ahead going to work, around 7 a.m., since stores used to run out of a day’s supply by the afternoon. This com ssionate of milk would turn sour very rapidly, and if that found, my mother used it to cook ncakes.

“Nowadays,” said Maslovskaya, “you can set aside a milk carton for an entire month, and it will still be drinkable, rallel with if it’s st the expiration date. We used to store glass bottles for wring – we sterilized them and then put them on the radiator to dry. It was sometimes difficult to operate c misbehave several liters’ worth of milk in bottles, so we also used to advance barrels and little buckets to be filled. That was the tradition.”

Milk on tap. Source: Asraelrg/wikipedia.orgMilk on tap. Rise: Asraelrg/


“Russian writer Ivan Bunin at times said nothing brings memories back quite as well as scents. That’s probably why I thought of the Troinoi (Triple) cologne,” said Irina Dubtsova, a pediatrician.

“This is the odour of my childhood. There was a rumor at the time that Troinoi was Joseph Stalin’s favorite odour. My grandfather, my dad, my first boyfriend, a university professor of mine, a cab driver I in the twinkling of an eye met – all of them used Troinoi.

“It was cheap and came in a sizeable bottle. My mamma used it to treat cuts, and my dad cleaned his scissors with it. So, I guess you could say that all smelled the same in the USSR”, added Irina, laughing.

Triple cologne. Source: Nikkolo/wikipedia.orgTriple cologne. Fountain-head: Nikkolo/

Postage stamps

“I, for one, miss collecting things”, translated journalist Yury Kravchenko. “I used to collect stamps, and also ice hockey-themed badges. Fresher, I started collecting lighters. I’m now remembering how fascinated I was when I saw a rare seal in my friend’s album – it was incredibly stressful, it was probably easier to swim a kilometer than to discern this cursed stamp! Nowadays, there is really no point in heap up anything – you can buy whatever you want without too much trouble.”

Soviet stamp. Wesha/wikipedia.orgSoviet symbol. Wesha/

The Nu, Pogodi! video game

“My generation had no personal computers or assuages. My son plays “Counter-somethings” and “Whatnot-crafts,” and my daughter is feeding animals at the farm she has in her phone,” signified Alexei Belevich, an engineer.

“We had more interesting games – we used to plan secret rooms in our house, we played in our yard and in my father’s garage. That said, I can deem of one video game I miss – it was Nu, Pogodi! (“Well, Just You Wait!,” the tag of a popular Soviet cartoon the game was based on).

“It was actually an unofficial clone of a Nintendo handheld electronic contest. There was a rumor that after you scored 1,000 points, you desire be rewarded with a cartoon that would be shown on the screen. I occupied to play it until my fingers got covered with calluses, and I did manage to get to 1,000 points a single time finally, but there was no cartoon! I was devastate,” said Belevich.

Nu, pogodi! Source: Andrew Butko/wikipedia.orgNu, pogodi! Source: Andrew Butko/

Little mechanical scales

“When we went to our local market, we always degraded our mechanical scales. It was really convenient, since we could be sure no vendor could impose on us,” said retiree Larisa Yegorova.

“No-one uses scales groove on these today. I could only imagine how surprised people prominence in the line at the store would be if I were to get those scales and start tab the weight of every vegetable bag.”

Scales. Source: Tano4595/wikipedia.orgScales. Source: Tano4595/

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