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A 1970s Russian pencil case.

A 1970s Russian pencil case.

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TXGreatRide

I had one of those!


Chayaneg

Me too!


russopithecus

I saw others have it, I was poor


fssbmule1

How could anyone be poor I thought the USSR was a worker's paradise where no one had more than anyone else?


open_door_policy

All workers were equal. But some were more equal than others.


Chayaneg

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...


russopithecus

Some were closer to the resources


monkey-2020

Awe so sad


russopithecus

I saw others have it, I was poor


monkey-2020

We heard you have the 1st 2 times


russopithecus

I saw others have it, I was poor


monkey-2020

Awe so sad


slowfloyd

What was the clock for? Did it work and keep time? Or was it (as I suspect) there as a teaching aid?


solarprominence

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.


TXGreatRide

Teaching aid, this pencil box for elementary school students.


lalauna

I want one!!! I like having an abacus around. One year i did our taxes using one. (US)


putin_vor

Yup, me too.


-SaC

I was able to keep up with the alphabet right up to "A".


MeesterCartmanez

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!


TensorForce

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


SoItWasYouAllAlong

I'm actually surprised by two correct guesses you made: "Б = B" and "Д = D" are indeed the Cyrillic analogues for B and D


ResponsibleOpinion13

D is happy mouth, Д is upset mouth.


chemicalsatire

Cyrillic D looks like an upside down cow head


Danalogtodigital

d is the only letter i know but i can operate the diablo 2 menus in russian because of some practice years ago


MeesterCartmanez

Exactly!


mishaco

да


beyondswamps

Здравствуй, товарищ!


vitotittotitto

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?


PierceJames

Cyka blat Edit: I forget. Rush B my friend.


redditreadderr

Cyka poor cccp blyat


GunzAndCamo

ah beh veh geh deh yeh yoh zheh zeh ee ee kratkoye kah ell emm enn oh peh err ess teh oo eff khah tseh chah shah shchah tvordiy znak yehree myagkiy znak eh yoo yah


-SaC

Now I can't even start at A.


MeesterCartmanez

I mean, you already read the A so I didn't include it


NotAPreppie

Bozhe moi...


pallentx

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).


Destroy_Hungayry

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.


mishaco

Я знаю


Ozymandias-42

Now that I think of it, it's been a long time since I've used a pen/pencil case. Time flies


MeesterCartmanez

Do kids nowadays even use cases? Brought back a lot of fond memories


mxcbabaganoush

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


Sea-Waste

Me who doesn't use pen/pencil case :


mxcbabaganoush

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)


Sea-Waste

Oh yeah i am. I use my bag xd


FreeClownFarts

The Soviets were years ahead of the West when it came to pencil case technology. How did they lose the Cold War!?


Tongue8cheek

The Abacus doesn't add up when cold.


FreeClownFarts

The number one lesson of war: Always thaw your abacus


of_little_faith

Only slightly less well known is this: "Never go against a Sicilian, when death is on the line.".


DH_Vitae

Ah, yes, one of two classic blunders, the first being never get involved in a land war in Asia


j0akime

American Pencil Cases ... * Used a slide rule (instead of an abacus), * Included a pencil sharpener. * Were made of plastic, Proof: http://www.timepassagesnostalgia.com/&pm=0&searchkeywords=Math&sin=d474


Possible-Bench537

Pencils werent a great idea in space, messed up their air filters when the lead built up due to circulation


ResponsibleOpinion13

Graphite dust is also combustible.


dadougler

Also conductive


Possible-Bench537

That too!


OllieOllerton1987

There was a waiting list for elementary school pencilcases. They often didn't arrive until you were in your mid 20s.


monkey-2020

You can't tell it in the photo but the pencil case is the size of a barn.


Elocai

I though the West has lost the cold war?


CNWDI_Sigma_1

If that was the case, we’d have spoken here in Russian on Яeддит, товарищ.


Elocai

Ундерстуд, мои comrade


ResponsibleOpinion13

The cold war never ended. Honestly, looks like Putin is ahead atm.


Elocai

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)


redditreadderr

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.


arghyaghosh0104

Bald and bankrupt: Look at that. soviet pencils. Soviet abacus. In a soviet pencil box. Amazing amazing find.


melcrose

I know 99% of my viewers won't find it interesting, but .. AMAZING find.


djbtech

It's not that exciting. It's not a sink


barmanfred

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.


-SaC

I dunno what you just said, but my furniture started floating and danced off out the window.


WenlockOlympics

Take my fucking award and shut up.


barmanfred

Lol, you can sing it to the same tune as the English alphabet.


LittleStarClove

Which is the same tune as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.


barmanfred

Yep. I feel like there is a third thing that goes to that tune but I'm blanking on it.


skillfire87

saying the alphabet in Russian


Yourefinallyawake7

Chilling. Trying to explain the difference Russian vowels is a nightmare.


barmanfred

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.


CNWDI_Sigma_1

Hm. You do know Russian alphabet, but you don’t sound like a Russian. Where are you from? :)


barmanfred

I learned it in the Army. I'm from the U.S.


2723brad2723

Weapons of math instruction.


Tinmania

The beginning of the Russian personal computer revolution.


redditreadderr

😂


GasStop69420

Why the hell can't we have pencil cases like this anymore?


youngmindoldbody

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!


bennyblue420000

What products were like before everything was made in China


monkey-2020

I would love that especially because there is an abacus that's so cool


thecarbonkid

The only coloured pencil allowed is red. Keep left, comrade.


josephineismyhero

r/accidentalwesanderson


BloodyLena

Is that also a small abacus? :o


pallentx

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.


glebd

Yup, had one of those.


leonardosalvatore

No zero in Russia?


kroggy

In Soviet Russia, zero's you!


leonardosalvatore

actually I didn't spot the roman numerals and Romans didn't know the zero!


Soulbossanova9

That is totally more kick ass than my Hello Kitty one..


GunzAndCamo

Ever tried singing the alphabet song, but with the Russian alphabet instead of the English/Latin one?


Substantial_Kick715

Very cool, I love how it incorporates a clock, an alphabet, abacus , numbers and roman numerals. Pretty clever I think.


TheSquirrelWithin

Soviet slide rule. Everything one needs to figure how to get to the moon.


Stunt-Driver

You'd still have it confiscated during a math test


betajool

I am so jealous!


gawkersgone

.. this better not awaken anything in me


nellorePeddareddy

*Mini-gma*


teri_workshop

I had one :) But it was at the beginning of 90s


Jaerin

See Russians were cheating on their exams even back then.


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beyondswamps

Insert pensil and draw circles.


douko

Aka a compass


CNWDI_Sigma_1

Whoa, I had one! Like most of Russians my age.


SalesAutopsy

Russian? I noticed the Chinese influence as well.


Raoulin-Rallis

Ok so where is the pen gun located?


nwojdak

Anyone know why there's a clock-type-thing on the left?


douko

Help teach kids how to tell time?


nwojdak

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


douko

How long does it take to learn the alphabet, numbers, and roman numerals? Lmao


nwojdak

[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.


Phredex

спасибо


donach69

Abacus!


Dankoua

I have this


AffectionateBus672

Shit, I think I had it as a kid.


jedipony1

Could you use the alphabet there to translate Russian text in the 21st century?


Yah-ThnPat-Thn

Abacuses seem like such an old piece of technology that it's weird imagining school children in the 70's using one.


zuran_orb

Seeing the entire russian alphabet makes me feel like when Spongebob got lost in Rock Bottom.


Destroy_Hungayry

Greek + Glogolitic = Cyrillic


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