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Gas Mask Kiss, London, 1940 – Admirable is the Men´s Ability to Love in Spite of Any Ordeal in Life

Gas Mask Kiss, London December 1940


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Young Man on Roller Skates Since 1910

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British Airways Placards from 1920s – 1930s


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Automobiles from the Beginning of XX Century


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Birchbark Salt Bottle – Estonian Antique Handcraft

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Vintage Living Rooms on 1960s in Soviet Union

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Lovely Antique Children`s Book

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Grandma´s first book “Good Friends”. Publised in 1920, Tartu, Estonia. A few damage, but generally in good condition. Our family heirloom. The cover and the first page are shown on the pictures with hand typed ” Library of Aliide Lepp, no 1″.


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Bomb in Our Living Room

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One of the bomb`s chips that flew into our living room.

It is the year 1944, evening of the 9th of March. Usual evening things were done in homes – some eat, some read, homework was learned, a few had already fallen asleep. Suddenly it became as light as on the midnoon in the city, grumble of the airplanes sounded and first thunders. It was the beginning of the bombing of Tallinn.

The crowd of our house rushed to the shelter. After some time a strong booze was heard – next door house had been hit. More and more houses burst, the streets were in flames, bombs rained down tightly, the sky was glowing of lighting candles. Then there was a little break. The air raids continued again around one o’clock at night.

Great-grandfather was not home at the time, but nearby. The rest of the family was in the countryhouse. The crowd tried to get out of town, but it was not easy. Streets were full of stone debris, flames and smoke everywhere, no vehicle moving. Great-grandfather started walking towards the family. As he heard on the way that it was all razed to the ground in our neck of the woods, he decided to come and take a look at the ruins.
And then he saw from afar the only remaining building of the area – our house.

Our house had survived the bombing by a miracle, and the people of our house bravely threw water to the walls to delete the flames. Of course, some bomb fragments were flown into appartments. Several of them were lying on the floor of our living room. One of the minor fragments was kept and we still have it in our cupboard.

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View to the Old Town

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Estonian National Opera

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Burning in Old Town

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St. Nicholas’ Church

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People looking for their belongings.

Thousands of Soviet bombs set the town on fire, killed 757 people, of whom 586 were civilians and 75 prisoners of war, wounded 659, and left 25,000 people without shelter in the spring thaw.

Photos are taken from Tallinn City Museums Collections.


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What`s on TV Tonight? – Soviet Vintage Black Antenna

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Awesome USSR vintage TV antenna. Foldable.
Black plastic housing.
In working order.
Factory stamping and pricing in Russian underneath

Available: https://www.etsy.com/listing/166071727/soviet-vintage-black-antenna-tv-supply?ref=shop_home_active


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Fancy a Cup of Fresh Coffee?

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One of these items that holds a huge nostalgic value to me. I bet every Soviet home had one of these grinders back on 70s and 80s :). My mother could not give up drinking coffee even on the poorer times. Against all odds, she always managed to procure some coffee beans. It might be difficult to understand a deficiency today, but there was a lack of almost everything in my childhood, even the usual edibles.

We had a separate frying pan, which she used to roast the coffee beans, being quite a master in this field. Familiar grumble of the grinder and the coffee smell hovering over the rooms were the frequent morning awakeners of the children in our family. At least two cups of good strong coffee in the morning is my Moms norm so far 🙂 I remember that as children we used the coffee machine for making powdered sugar.

Some time ago we bought ourselves a vintage coffee grinder in a feeze of nostalgia 🙂 It is a true beauty, a cherry red item. And I must say that it is infinitely great feeling to grind with it. Worthy coffee experience the beans must remain just enough grainy, not too fine.

The picture shows a coffee grinder made ​​in 1986 in Straume factory (established in 1965 in  Latvia)

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Available for purchase: https://www.etsy.com/listing/123978936/vintage-soviet-electric-coffee-grinder?ref=shop_home_active