"Luxury" from the USSR. Never do that.
Friends, today there will be a post on an interesting topic - "expensive and status" things of the timesthe USSRwhich have long ceased to be so, and now are more likely an indicator of the low culture of the person who still uses them.
Throughout the years of the USSR, Soviet propaganda praised and glorified the image of the ascetic and rogue, attributing to the urban poor and to every declassed element some non-existent merits - supposedly poor but honest, living in thoughts of the welfare of the people and so on. At the same time, ordinary Soviet people sought to live quite differently - revealing to the world, so to speak, the brightest image of the very "consumer society" that was criticized by propaganda. Why this happened is a topic for a separate study, and today we simply list the habits a la "expensive-rich" from the USSR.
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1. Clutter the entire apartment with furniture and carpets.
The “expensive and rich” apartment of the times of the USSR was necessarily closely crowded with furniture and things - this was because at that time people often understood “wealth” as “owning a lot of things”. And you can easily see how such a worldview was formed - people were paid a salary at work, but good things (for example, high-quality furniture) were scarce, and as soon as such a product went on sale, they immediately tried to get it for the accumulated Soviet money by themselves, they were perceived not so valuable in comparison with things).
As a result, the “rich” Soviet apartments were packed to capacity with furniture and interior items purchased “on occasion”. The typical interior of such an apartment in the 1960-70s necessarily assumed the presence of a large number of paintings, vases, figurines and all sorts of knick-knacks, as well as several sideboards, heaps of chairs, chairs and the like. This also can be attributed, and wall carpets - they are often bought just "but so it was."
These apartments have remained now, read a report about the children / grandchildren of some Soviet leader who live in the apartment of his father / grandfather - and you will see those interiorsto the eyeballs stuffed with a bunch of dusty things. Now this style smoothly flowed into a ridicule called"agroglamur".
2. Buy unnecessary, but«status»things.
The second point smoothly follows from the first, but it has a significant difference - if the presence of a whole heap of furniture is somehow understandable, then the existence of “status” things cannot be explained from a practical point of view. Such things include everything that is not used in everyday life and has only one goal - to make an impression on the guests who come to the apartment.
The piano was a very important thing - it was often bought even when no one was engaged in music in the family, just “for sight” - so that all guests could understand that cultural people live in the house. With the same purpose, often bought bookcases, which completely forced some"Great Soviet Encyclopedia"which nobody read; the only purpose of having a closet in the house was to show off and force in front of the guests - they say, "no worse than people." What is interesting is that such behavior was ridiculed even in Soviet films, for example, in the film “Old New Year,” where the hero of Vyacheslav Innocent bought into the house of any unnecessary stuff, like a piano, and the like.
Now such behavior is typical for poor, but very concerned about their status of people - they get into a bad credit and buy some iPhone, which can be broken or lost after a week. The result - no iPhone, interest on the loan is dripping, "there is no money but you hold on."
3. Have a private car.
In the USSR, a personal car was a terribly expensive and inaccessible thing - to buy it, it was necessary to defend a considerable "line," and even pay huge amounts of money - for example, a Lada "two" cost 7,000 rubles, which was equivalent to the average Soviet salary for 4-5 years old. Because of this, many who lived in the USSR retain the idea that a car is “not a means of transportation, but a luxury” - since then every scoop that bought a car sits behind the wheel with the look of a king and starts looking out the window on passers-by as on subhumans - they say, you are confused here under your feet, you are preventing me from passing by status and important people, isn’t that what the rich man is driving?
In fact, in a modern comfortable city, a car is not such a necessary thing. Personally, I can buy a car today, but I just don’t need it - I live in the center of the city with good transport infrastructure, I order a taxi for infrequent trips to remote parts of the city,and for long city walks I have an electric bike. A car would add only problems to me - you need to think about where to store it, how to take care of it, fill it up, spend money on consumables, and so on.
In general, if you do not want to be a "scoop" - think, do you need a private car?
4. Insert gold teeth.
It is surprising, but many still believe that the presence of gold teeth in the mouth is an indicator of some kind of wealth, I have come across this opinion in the Russian province. In fact, gold teeth in the mouth became a sign of poverty somewhere around the end of the nineties - golden crowns cost not too much money, it is much more expensive to put an implant that will not differ from a living tooth.
Purely aesthetically golden (or white metal) teeth look terrible and do not speak about any “wealth”, but on the contrary - about the extreme poverty of their wearer, “golden teeth” now continue to be set only in the third world countries where there is no normal dentistry and normal materials. Remember - if you don’t want to look like a bum from the time of Perestroika, you never put metal teeth, it looks creepy.
five.Wear fur coats and clothing made of natural fur.
"Sign of Major" comes from the USSR - to have clothes (fur coat, sheepskin coat) of natural fur. In the USSR, it was difficult to get such things, they cost dearly and unequivocally talked about the owner’s “respectability”. Now, with the advent of modern light and comfortable materials, fur coats from natural fur look like an atavism, plus the entire “fur” business is built on the suffering of animals. I think that in 50 years the fur coat will look about the same wildness as a necklace from the ears around the Papuan's neck, but now many more will continue to buy them - and this is sad.
If you do not want to look like a scoop - never wear fur coats, hats, sheepskin coats and other junk. Now in them you will look not like a "respectable gentleman", but as a Yerevan rose dealer from 1991.
6. Ride to rest in the Crimea.
Another indicator of the "scoop" is to dream of going on holiday to the Crimea. Apparently, the Soviet propaganda a la "Crimea - All-Union Health Resort" was somehow inherited, and now some even young people, who almost did not find the USSR, dream of going on holiday to the Crimea, from Soviet times such a journey is considered "prestigious and status" .Rest in the Crimea - busy enough ridiculous, but now there really is nothing to do there.
I’ll probably surprise many “fans of Crimea”, but now it’s cheaper to fly to Turkey or Greece on a charter flight will be even cheaper than a holiday in Crimea, and you will receive incomparably better service - no one will call you “bzdykhami”, stick to the beach with shrimps, mussels and rapana, and in the evening you will not witness the drunken brawl of two red-spined alpha males from Surgut and an unwitting listener of thugs chanson.
7. Arrange a home feast.
A purely Soviet habit is to set up houses for any reason and without a reason a “glade” table. Raising at work, New Year, name day and so on - for all this in the USSR, it was necessary to set the table with alcohol, “crab”, “Olivier” and “mimosa” salads, get drunk, then “remember youth” and bawl drunk songs, making it difficult sleep neighbors.
Many people call this “spiritual gatherings”, and I see in this only a sign of poverty and the absence of normal objects for cultural leisure. Often the “feast” became a memorable event only because it was possible to try expensive and scarce products there, which the owners took care of “for a special occasion”.In addition, no one thought about the price at which such a feast was organized - the owner of the apartment (and often her mother or girlfriend) had to stand at the stove for a whole day, and then clean up the guests for half a day and wash the dishes. The guests came noisy until late, not letting the neighbors sleep, smoking on the stairs, and so on.
Now there are many cafes and restaurants of different price categories, and it will be much easier, and often cheaper, to organize gatherings with the company there. You will not surprise anyone now with the "luxury feast" at home.
These are the indicators of "rich and status" of Soviet life, which now look ridiculous, I managed to find. Do you have anything from the list? What can you add?
Write in the comments, interesting.