Matchbox labels made in the Soviet Union, 1959. The text on the labels reads:”Spartakaid People”. Spartakiad (or Spartakiade) was an international sports event that was sponsored by the Soviet Union. Five international Spartakiades were held from 1928 to 1937. Later Spartakiads were organized as national sport events of the Eastern Bloc countries. The games were organised by Red Sport International. The Soviet Union attempted to use Spartakiads to both oppose and supplement the Olympics. The name, derived from the name of the slave rebel leader, Spartacus was intended to symbolize proletarian internationalism. The event was held twice in four years: Winter Spartakiad and Summer Spartakiad. The number of participants was 90 million people, including 8,300 Masters of Sports of the USSR, and 20 million in the 3rd Winter Spartakiad.
Set of 2 Soviet Union matchbox labels. This set came in different color variations. This is the yellow edition and made in 1963. The woman is Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space. The man is Valery Bykovsky who flew three space flights.
Set of three matchbox labels from Czechoslovakia. There are different variations wth this set. This is the light red edition. Made late 1950’s, early 1960’s. The text on the labels reads:”Know your homeland. Know the history of the homeland”.
Set of three matchbox labels from Czechoslovakia. There are different variations wth this set. This is the red edition. Made late 1950’s, early 1960’s. The text on the labels reads:”Know your homeland. Know the history of the homeland”.
Matchbox labels made in the Soviet Union, 1956. They were made for the first Spartakiad games after WWII. The Spartakiad (or Spartakiade) was an international sports event that was sponsored by the Soviet Union. Five international Spartakiades were held from 1928 to 1937. Later Spartakiads were organized as national sport events of the Eastern Bloc countries. The games were organised by Red Sport International. The Soviet Union attempted to use Spartakiads to both oppose and supplement the Olympics. The name, derived from the name of the slave rebel leader, Spartacus was intended to symbolize proletarian internationalism. The event was held twice in four years: Winter Spartakiad and Summer Spartakiad. The number of participants was 90 million people, including 8,300 Masters of Sports of the USSR, and 20 million in the 3rd Winter Spartakiad.
Matchbox label made in the Soviet Union, 1959. The text on the label reads:”Folk Crafts Dymkovo Toys”. Dymkovo toys, also known as the Vyatka Toys or Kirov Toys are moulded painted clay figures of people and animals. It is one of the old Russian folk art handicrafts, which still exists in the village of Dymkovo near Kirov (former Vyatka). Traditionally, the Dymkovo toys are made by women.
On this matchbox label the Tsimlyanskaya power station is shown. The Tsimlyanskaya HPP, being the only hydroelectric station on the Don River, is at the same time a key part of the Volga-Don waterway. It is located in the Rostov region, not far from the cities of Volgodonsk and Tsimlyansk, which were formed only due to the appearance of a power station. The decision to build the Volga-Don waterway and its member Tsimlyanskaya HPP was approved by a decree of the Soviet government on February 27, 1948. Construction immediately declared “the great construction of communism.” The planned commissioning of the station was scheduled for 1953.
Belarus matchbox label with the image of Brest Fortress. The text on the label reads:”Brest Fortress” and at the bottom:”Ruins Of Terespol Gate”. The fortress is located in Brest, Belarus. The fortress is a 19th. century Russian fortress. In 1965, the title Hero Fortress was given to the Fortress to commemorate the defence of the frontier stronghold during the first week of the German Soviet War, when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. On June 22, 1941 the German Wehrmacht attacked the Brest fortress with no warning. The attack started with an artillery barrage. The defenders were taken by surprise and initially failed to form a solid front. By 09:00 that day, the fortress was completely surrounded. The ensuing battle of Brest Fortress lasted for 32 days, during which lives lost about 2000 soldiers and officers defending the castle, and attackers losing nearly 430 soldiers and officers. The last defended object in the fortress was taken by June 29. About 6,800 Soviet soldiers and commanders were captured. According to Soviet sources, the battle lasted until 20 July, with no one surrendering to the Germans. This narrative became a testament to the resilience and courage of Red Army and Soviet people. A few Soviet soldiers did indeed hold out inside pockets of the fortress until as late as 23 July. In the late 1960s, the construction of the war memorial complex “Brest Hero Fortress” was started. The complex was opened on September 25, 1971. The memorial complex is a national place of grief and pride, a popular tourist attraction. This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on January 30, 2004.
Old matchbox label made in end 50’s, early 60’s. On the label there is the Ukranian Pavilon at the permanent Bahx exhibition in Moscow (VDKN exhibition). This huge exhibition site contains dozens of buildings and there are millions of visitors each year. On the site there are some pavilons that are dedicated to certain regions and cities of the old USSR.
Matchbox label from 1968. On the label there is a sculpture wich was made by Matvey Manizer. As a student Matvey Manizer (1891-1966) was a prominent Russian sculptor. Manizer created a number of works that became classics of socialist realism attended the State Artistic and Industrial Academy there, and the art school of the Peredvizhniki from 1911 through 1916. From 1926 he was a member of the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia. In 1941 he moved to Moscow. Working in an academic and realistic style, Manizer produced a great number of monuments situated throughout the Soviet Union, including some twelve portrayals of Lenin. Manizer was awarded the People’s Artist of the USSR (1958), Member of USSR Academy of Arts (1947), vice president of USSR Academy of Arts (1947-1966), chairman of the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists from 1937 to 1941, and winner of the Stalin Prize three times.
Matchbox label from the Soviet Union made late 50’s, early 60’s.
Shown is the “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman”.
The monument is 24.5 metres (78 feet) high, made from stainless steel by Vera Mukhina for the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, and subsequently moved to Moscow. The sculpture is an example of socialist realism in an Art Deco aesthetic. The worker holds aloft a hammer and the kolkhoz woman a sickle to form the hammer and sickle symbol.
The matchbox label is from late 50’s, early 60’s.
The Kudrinskaya Square Building is a building in Moscow, one of seven Stalinist skyscrapers and is 160m./520ft. tall. The skyscraper was laid down in 1950 and completed in 1954. It was the last of the Seven Sisters to be completed.
Its apartments were originally intended for the political elite of the former USSR; they are currently inhabited by wealthy Russians.
Set of 9 matchbox labels about Aeroflot. All the labels say:”Aeroflot”.
Aeroflot nowadays is the biggest airline company of Russia. In the Soviet era it was even the biggest airline company in the world with 3000 aircrafts. They still use the hammer and sickle in their symbol.
Set of 4 matchbox labels from Soviet Russia, from late 50’s, early 60’s, and is about the Red Cross.
Label 1 says:”To The Red Cross”
Label 2 says:”Be A Donor!”
Label 3 says:”Sanitary Posts Field Teams”
Label 4 says:”Sanitary Posts At Construction Sites”
Latvia matchbox label. Shown on the label is the building Liepaja Peter’s Market in the town of Liepaja. The label is made end 50’s, early 60’s. Liepaja Peter’s Market is a market in Liepaja, Latvia, located in the center of Liepaja. The market is four pavilions, two sheds and more than 200 sales outlets.By area, it is the largest market in Liepaja and the second largest in Latvia after the Riga Central Market. The central building is designed in Art Nouveau style and designed by Louis Melville.The Liepaja Peter’s Market is recognized as a state protected cultural monument.
Set of 4 Soviet labels about traffic safety.
Label 1 says:”Explain To Children Traffic Rules”
Label 2 says:”Don’t Risk Your Life”
label 3 says:”On The Pavement Children Are Dying. Stop It!”
label 4 says:”Tram Bypass In Front”
Matchbox label from Soviet Russia from late 50’s, early 60’s. The top of the label says:”On The Day Of Birth” right beneath that the name of the architect: Auguste de Montferrand”
The bottom of the label says:”Saint Isaac’s Cathedral”.
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral is a cathedral that currently functions as a museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
It is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint. It was originally built as a cathedral but was turned into a museum by the Soviet government in 1931 and has remained a museum ever since. The church on St Isaac’s Square was ordered by Tsar Alexander I in 1818 and took 40 years to build.
In 2017, the Governor of Saint Petersburg offered to transfer the cathedral back to the Russian Orthodox Church, but this was not accomplished due to the protests of St. Petersburg citizens opposing the offer.
Matchbox label set from Soviet Russia about what to do with your hard earned money.
Label 1 says:”Savings Banks, Sell And Buy Freely Bonds Loan”
label 2 says:”With Savings We bought All We Need”
label 3 says:”It Is Profitable To Keep Savings In Bonds. 3% State Domestic Winning Loan”
Label 4 says:”Reliable, Profitable, Convenienyly. Keep Money In A Savingsbank”
Label 5 says:”Buy Government Bonds. 3% Domestic Winning Loan”
Label 6 says:”Keep Money In A Savings Bank”.
Matchbox label from Soviet Russia end 1950’s/early 60’s.
Shown is the Spasskaya Tower, translated as ‘Saviour Tower’, is the main tower on the eastern wall of the Moscow Kremlin which overlooks Red Square. The tower was commissioned to be built by Ivan III, or Ivan the Great, and the grandfather of Ivan the Terrible.
The Spasskaya Tower was built in 1491 by the Italian architect Pietro Antonio Solari. According to a number of historical accounts, the clock on the Spasskaya Tower appeared between 1491 and 1585. It is usually referred to as the Kremlin chimes and designates official Moscow Time.
The tower gate was once the main entrance into the Kremlin. In tsarist times, anyone passing through the gates had to remove their headgear, crossing thenselves and dismount their horses. This practice was revived in 2010, but ceremonially.
Typical warning/safety labels from the Soviet Union 1961.
Label 1 says:”Driver, during manouvers signal requiered.
Label 2 says:”Crossover only to the designated places”.
Label 3 says:”Driver, don’t miss the transport on the main street!”.
This Bulgarian matchbox label is from the 50’s/60’s. The text on the top of the label says:”Asen’s Fortress” and on the bottom it says:”Bulgarian Matches”.
Asen’s Fortress is a medieval fortress in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains, 2 to 3 kilometres (1.2 to 1.9 mi) south of the town of Asenovgrad, on a high rocky ridge.
Matchbox label from Soviet Russia featuring the Tsar Cannon. From late 50’s, early 60’s.
The Tsar Cannon is a large early modern period artillery piece (known as a bombarda in Russian) on display on the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin. It is a monument of Russian artillery casting art, cast in bronze in 1586 in Moscow, by the Russian master bronze caster Andrey Chokhov. Mostly of symbolic impact, it was never used in a war. However, the cannon bears traces of at least one firing.It is largest bombard by caliber in the world, and it is a major tourist attraction in the ensemble of the Moscow Kremlin.
This label shows the main entrance of the Bahx Exhibition. The label is from late 50’s/early 60’s. The top of the label says:”Bahx” and below:”Main Entrance”.
This is a permanent exhibition in Russia about the achievements of national economy established in 1935 and started as an agricultural exhibition.
Now the exhibition holds 2,375,000 square meters (bigger than Monaco) with subjects such as: engineering, space, atomic energy, education, radio electronics and culture and has around 11 million visitors each year. It contains more than 400 buildings.
The main entrance of the permanent Bahx exhibition.