Outdoor trade and catering took place in Norilsk every summer

Outdoor trade and catering took place in Norilsk every summer

September 13, 2023

Almost every store, restaurant and cafe in the city participated in the summer trade. Even Soyuzpechat (Media) and Voentorg (Military goods) put their kiosks on the streets.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Industrial trade on Theater square opened a summer fair where they sold perfumes, haberdashery, stationery, household goods, as well as goods at discounted prices. Products for children and dishes were sold in kiosks and tents.

In front of the Krasnoyarsk Stolby restaurant there was a Green Bazaar with vegetables and fruits.

The Baikal kiosks offered a selection of soft drinks and ice cream. Special heated carts carried hot pies around the city.

In the 1980s, vending machines began selling soft drinks. On hot days, only a gas supply for three kopecks daily gave a profit of up to three thousand rubles.

Kvass and beer were sold not only in vending machines, but also poured from carbonation carts and mobile tanks. At the end of the day, such barrels were not taken away but were left outside with taps locked. One night, teenagers rolled such a barrel of kvass away from the stadium. All night the whole yard drank kvass, carrying it home in buckets.

In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told that during times of shortage, parcels with gifts were sent not to Norilsk, but from Norilsk to the mainland.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

September 13, 2023

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