Behind The Iron Curtain: Stool Samples

Infamous Stool Sample Matchbox

This was originally written on my FB page where I post pictures and links almost daily and which you immediately should follow. I remembered about the stool samples when I was writing this post about the Soviet medicine of my day.

*Warning: please don’t eat while reading this.

Soviet kids

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Behind The Iron Curtain: No To Neutron Bomb

These cards were distributed to the Soviet citizens so they could be mailed en masse to the United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. Based on his years on that post the time would’ve been between 1972 and 1981.

No To The Neutron Bomb

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Behind The Iron Curtain: How To Recognize a Foreign Spy

Recently an old Soviet spy-identification aid has come to my attention. I don’t know if it’s authentic, but it looks, feels and reads as such. The surprising part is that according to this memo I would now be easily outed as a spy. Not because of quality work (god forbid!), good posture and neat clothes,

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Behind The Iron Curtain: Music Downloading

In the olden days of analog recordings and heavy electronics, music downloading required physical strength, dedication, time, know-how and, most importantly, the source. That’s why when my cousin V. received a record of the Saturday Night Fever from our overseas relatives, I knew I had to have a copy.

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Behind The Iron Curtain: Stalin’s Corpse Moves Out Of The Tomb

When Stalin died in 1953, his body was placed into the Tomb where he played Felix Unger to Lenin’s Oscar Madison for the next 8 years.

They spruced up the front with Stalin’s name:

May Day Celebrations in Moscow.1961. The front of the tomb still has both names.© Time Inc. James Whitmore

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