A 1970s Russian pencil case.
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I had one of those!
I saw others have it, I was poor
How could anyone be poor I thought the USSR was a worker's paradise where no one had more than anyone else?
All workers were equal. But some were more equal than others.
It wasn't paradise for anyone. Maybe for the partia leaders it was, but they were in constant paranoia. The workers were getting 140 rubals (rubal was 3$ then, but the expences were high as well as taxes.), when the bureaucrats from ministries were receiving 370...
Some were closer to the resources
Awe so sad
We heard you have the 1st 2 times
What was the clock for? Did it work and keep time? Or was it (as I suspect) there as a teaching aid?
Learning how to read an analog clock was (is?) part of the curriculum in first grade. Plus I think some math problems were about counting diff between times, so yeah it was more of a teaching aid.
Teaching aid, this pencil box for elementary school students.
I want one!!! I like having an abacus around. One year i did our taxes using one. (US)
Yup, me too.
I was able to keep up with the alphabet right up to "A".
It's quite easy to read, just pronounce Б, В, Г, Д, Е, Ё, Ж, З, И, Й, К, Л, М, Н, О, П, Р, С, Т, У, Ф, Х, Ц, Ч, Ш, Щ, Ъ, Ы, Ь, Э, Ю and Я and you'll be speaking Russian in no time!
B B, upside down L, D E E X 3 N N K ~Pi~ M H O Pi P C T Y pierced nipple O, X U, Backwards Y, W, W b bl, b, round 3, 10, reverse R
I'm actually surprised by two correct guesses you made:
"Б = B" and "Д = D" are indeed the Cyrillic analogues for B and D
D is happy mouth, Д is upset mouth.
Cyrillic D looks like an upside down cow head
d is the only letter i know but i can operate the diablo 2 menus in russian because of some practice years ago
Upside down L is G, reverse R is "ia" or "ya", W is "sh"
What else? b makes things soft, bl I even don't know how to explain, I guess there's no such sound in English?
Edit: I forget. Rush B my friend.
Cyka poor cccp blyat
Now I can't even start at A.
I mean, you already read the A so I didn't include it
The Russian alphabet is actually really easy - the only easy part of the Russian language. A bunch of the letters are the same as English, a bunch of the others are greek - gamma = G, pi = p, ro = R, etc... Spelling is mostly phonetic and each letter makes one sound. (mostly).
A B V G D E YO ZH Z I Ï K L M N O P R S T OO F H TS CH SH SCH '|' Y ' EH U YA
Russian alphabet but with latin letters.
Now that I think of it, it's been a long time since I've used a pen/pencil case.
Do kids nowadays even use cases? Brought back a lot of fond memories
Of course they do! You still need pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, etc. The only exception was the year of online learning and even then ya still need somewhere to put your pencils
Me who doesn't use pen/pencil case :
Yea but are you older than elementary school age? Lol I typically only have ever associated hard-lid cases to straight up children. Otherwise we just threw them in the pocket of our book bag or had a soft cylindrical case
Edit: [these are what I have always associated with elementary kids lol](https://i.redd.it/ya0j4k2ldy861.jpg)
Oh yeah i am. I use my bag xd
The Soviets were years ahead of the West when it came to pencil case technology. How did they lose the Cold War!?
The Abacus doesn't add up when cold.
The number one lesson of war: Always thaw your abacus
Only slightly less well known is this: "Never go against a Sicilian, when death is on the line.".
Ah, yes, one of two classic blunders, the first being never get involved in a land war in Asia
American Pencil Cases ...
* Used a slide rule (instead of an abacus),
* Included a pencil sharpener.
* Were made of plastic,
Pencils werent a great idea in space, messed up their air filters when the lead built up due to circulation
Graphite dust is also combustible.
There was a waiting list for elementary school pencilcases. They often didn't arrive until you were in your mid 20s.
You can't tell it in the photo but the pencil case is the size of a barn.
I though the West has lost the cold war?
If that was the case, we’d have spoken here in Russian on Яeддит, товарищ.
Ундерстуд, мои comrade
The cold war never ended. Honestly, looks like Putin is ahead atm.
Is it to late to bet on team Trump? Jk hasn't he died a couple years ago? Heard his party tried to hide that fact but there was no footage of him for an eternity now.
(Nvm I just think the cold war was never or ever a thing which makes it kinda nonsense to discuss when it started, ended or who won a war - only fought in fantasy or proxy wars)
what? most people cccp were always poor and starved. And most of their free time they spent in queue for food. The rest is propaganda for naive or stupid homosoveticus in order to keep that shit together. Who understand that tried escape from that shit by any means.
Bald and bankrupt: Look at that. soviet pencils. Soviet abacus. In a soviet pencil box. Amazing amazing find.
I know 99% of my viewers won't find it interesting, but .. AMAZING find.
It's not that exciting. It's not a sink
Ah beh veh geh deh yeh yo. Zhu zeh ee ee-cratka kah el em en o. Peh er ess teh oo eff ha. Cheh sheh shcheh -tvordisnak- myakisnak- eh yoo ya.
I dunno what you just said, but my furniture started floating and danced off out the window.
Take my fucking award and shut up.
Lol, you can sing it to the same tune as the English alphabet.
Which is the same tune as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Yep. I feel like there is a third thing that goes to that tune but I'm blanking on it.
saying the alphabet in Russian
Chilling. Trying to explain the difference Russian vowels is a nightmare.
Actually, the picture reminded me that I never really understood the way Russians say the time of day.
And no I can't help. One of our Russian Redditors might be able to do it.
Hm. You do know Russian alphabet, but you don’t sound like a Russian. Where are you from? :)
I learned it in the Army. I'm from the U.S.
Weapons of math instruction.
The beginning of the Russian personal computer revolution.
Why the hell can't we have pencil cases like this anymore?
In the 70s (US) one BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Blue - you could wrap a bit of foil around it, slide it off, bend one end a little and instant hash pipe!
What products were like before everything was made in China
I would love that especially because there is an abacus that's so cool
The only coloured pencil allowed is red.
Keep left, comrade.
Is that also a small abacus? :o
The abacus is seriously undervalued here in the US.
I went to Russia and everyone in the markets had one. They could add up you total on one faster than using a calculator, then they would point to it to show you what you owed. They thought we were really dumb because we didn't know how to read them. But, they worked and never needed batteries.
Yup, had one of those.
No zero in Russia?
In Soviet Russia, zero's you!
actually I didn't spot the roman numerals and Romans didn't know the zero!
That is totally more kick ass than my Hello Kitty one..
Ever tried singing the alphabet song, but with the Russian alphabet instead of the English/Latin one?
Very cool, I love how it incorporates a clock, an alphabet, abacus , numbers and roman numerals. Pretty clever I think.
Soviet slide rule. Everything one needs to figure how to get to the moon.
You'd still have it confiscated during a math test
I am so jealous!
.. this better not awaken anything in me
I had one :) But it was at the beginning of 90s
See Russians were cheating on their exams even back then.
Insert pensil and draw circles.
Aka a compass
Whoa, I had one! Like most of Russians my age.
Russian? I noticed the Chinese influence as well.
Ok so where is the pen gun located?
Anyone know why there's a clock-type-thing on the left?
Help teach kids how to tell time?
I suppose that makes sense, but how long does that take? I mean, once you know how to tell time... You know how to tell time. After that, it's just taking up space. Just seems weird but meh, what are you gonna do? Not like I can change the minds of 70s era Soviet pencil case designers
How long does it take to learn the alphabet, numbers, and roman numerals? Lmao
[Uh... hmm...](https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/932/337/9e2.jpg) Yeah, I guess you're right. Didn't really think about that.
I have this
Shit, I think I had it as a kid.
Could you use the alphabet there to translate Russian text in the 21st century?
Abacuses seem like such an old piece of technology that it's weird imagining school children in the 70's using one.
Seeing the entire russian alphabet makes me feel like when Spongebob got lost in Rock Bottom.
Greek + Glogolitic = Cyrillic
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