Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

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Disposable syringes, disposable cups, disposable lighters ... Cheap, hygienic. But, my God, how boring it is! But there were times ... In the USSR, smokers carried matches with them.

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By the way, a self-respecting gentleman will never smoke a cigar from a surrogate lighter - only wood, only matches, a natural product.
This is the natur product and were Soviet matches. The whole box was made entirely of wood, the matches themselves were spravnoy, like small trusses. We built houses from them, and sometimes houses, gluing together with PVA glue. And the sulfuric heads were cut off, and they went for the charge of “burning” or for making explosive packages.

Developed a special culture of lighting from matches. Giving a light to cover the fire from the wind with his hands, or hid the flame in a half-open box. Himself lit only the last - this required a good tone.

Soviet people used lighters much less often. Probably, then with a cigarette lighter in my pocket there were a little more people.than today with a matchbox.

Lighters were expensive, sometimes broke. They needed to be filled with gas or gasoline, it was necessary to change the killerfish, which should always be kept in stock.
Soviet lighters were beautiful.
And I, with all my indifference to the charms of the Soviet period, was ready to devote an ode to these little fire-breathing masterpieces. But ... as is often the case, when immersed in the subject I discovered that almost all of the best Soviet lighters were stolen copies of their western counterparts. To be fair, we must admit that we copied the best samples ... One of the best manufacturers of lighters, the Austrian IMCO produced lighters in the form of stylized ladies' pistolsdsc07108_2Later, there is a whole scattering of copies of Soviet production. I remember very well how we boys licked on such a steepness)
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And this one is “Baku”))

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Products of the Riga SKILTAVA jewelry factory ...
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And various other variations on the subject ...

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Another one full-lick model, this time from the company Colibri Monopol. The model was called "Spark", and had a lot of variations with a variety of decor. The first series was devoted to space flight.

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Aeroflot series

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But in this, later "luxury" version with leather trim, she was with me. It was found in the park in the 77th, and it is still lying around in an idle state)
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Actively forged and Zippo

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Often the lighters were made in the desktop version, gift. I remember, odnoklasskika was a lighter in the form of a camera. Well, i.e. it was his dad's lighter, but he brought boasting to school)

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It's funny that today it is fashionable to buy a small lighter with a built-in camera, and then it was the other way around))
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I also had a very stylish Leningrad lighter. Heavy, not a single plastic parts! But, worked, alas, through time (

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A similar apparatus of the same "LenEmAlER", and also, by the way, a clone of IMCO

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What is a crocodile))

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Sometimes they even applied engraving on lighters ...
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So what? Beautiful gift!))

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And this is a musical model))

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Unusual shape, engraving ...

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Such a beautiful and diverse world was around us.

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    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life

    Soviet lighters as a mirror of quality of life