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    I can only assume those photos predate the invention of the Adidas tracksuit
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcbob View Post
    I can only assume those photos predate the invention of the Adidas tracksuit
    The tracksuits (mostly Adidas) were the official uniforms of the street thugs working for the mob outfits. That made some sense since :

    a) a foreign brand was a sign of wealth
    b) a track suit was "warm enough" for the Russian summers.
    c) It gave a freedom of movement to beat someone up.
    d) the goons were generally recruited from the various sports clubs (preferably boxing, martial arts, wrestling, weight lifting, hockey). The crime boss in Leningrad/St. Peter, who was a major influence on one of his ex-trainees named Vladimir Putin, came out of a SamBO (Russian copy of judo) club. The top boss in Moscow was a Greco-Roman heavyweight. His main enemy was also a SamBO trained tough guy.

    Quickly, however, the street crew chiefs went toward the "blue jeans and a black leather jacket" look to distinguish themselves from the entry level hoodlums. Then, at some point, that became a de facto uni.


    Two side stories :

    back in 1978, our Israeli relatives (who had been living there since the Palestine days of the 1920's) sent us a clothing parcel. Among them were the blue jeans (that I pleaded and begged for), some pants and shorts for my parents and two T-shirts. One was Puma, another from Adidos. That's right, with an "O". A few years ago, as I remembered that story, I decided to search for the various Adidas fakes online and discovered that there were over a dozen of them. I also remembered that, for the two months that I wore it back in the motherland, I had it under an unbuttoned fall jacket, so only the first three letters were clearly visible. Paired with size 44 Levi's - I was 30 at the time and pinched the rest with a clothespin - I was almost Mr. Cool.

    And, from the "Delivery Boy" (aka the "Courier", aka the "Gopher Boy") film that I linked on the Soviet Era Films page, the main female heroine wears an Adidas sweater upon her introduction. The studio couldn't figure out how to dress her, so the actress - a very lovely Anastasia Nemolyaeva, who was 16 at the time - brought her own clothes to the set. She could afford them, so to speak, because her father was a well respected cinematographer, her aunt Svetlana a well known actress, her grandfather a well known director. I actually missed the significance of her outfit because I saw the movie for the first time on YouTube in 2006 or so, about twenty years after its release, and was unable to grasp the zeitgeist of the film. Its American equivalent would be a 16-YO girl with a $60,000 BMW.


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    A new Facebook friend posted this today. The Soviet era alcohol. Unfortunately, some of the funnier colloquial nicknames for the drinks are not translatable in the allotted time.

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    Old days? Lenin makes an appearance ... apparently Elvis was busy.

    Naturally, Brezhnev can't be far behind.


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    Some happy photos of Soviet kids 1960's-70's....

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    How would Ken and Barbie look, had they been living in the USSR? Well, ask no more.

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    Back in the late 1960's, the Soviet geologists discovered humongous reserves of oil and gas in Siberia. By 1974, they completed a natural gas pipeline that ran across the European portion of the USSR, across Poland and into northwestern Germany ending up near Rostock of what was then a friendly GDR. Since all those were closed economies, the exchanging rates were based on a barter system. The Warsaw Pact nations got oil and gas, while Soviets got this in exchange.

    All in English.
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    These are "classics" from Minsk, 1960's-1990 (or so).

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    Technically, not a photo but a clip from an old Soviet animated short called "An incredible match", accompanied by the "Football march" by Blanter. The march was played before every televised soccer broadcast.

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    Mostly Belarus over about 80 years, from the late 19th century through the 1970's (one photo from the 80's thrown in for good measure).

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