Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday Tab- Rabotnitsa Paper Dolls from Russia, 1978-1982

Paper doll friend Natalia, a wine journalist from Russia, offerred to share these wonderful paper dolls with us. They're from the Soviet Union Journal Rabotnitsa (Working Woman), and were published between 1978-1982. They're beautifully drawn. Thank you so much, Natalia.

As a side note: I took Russian for two years in high school, and loved it. I used to be able to read Cyrillic easily, and I was able to understand the Russian dialog in the marvelous movie The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming without reading the captions (though that likely owes more to the grade-school Russian in the movie, than my translation skillz). Unfortunately, most of that ability is gone now.

P.S. Rent The Russians are Coming- it holds up extremely well (except for the hokey love story- and maybe I'd like to brain the bratty kid, but that's just me), and I am amazed that it found an audience at all during those tense years. It not only has something important to say to us about hysteria, it's laugh-out-loud funny.











4 comments:

Linda said...

Always fun to see how Russia interpreted fashion styles and trends before the wall came down in '89. Thanks for posting these.

MaryL said...

Lovely artwork!

Kelly said...

These are beautiful. I was surprised to see the blue peasant embroidery blouse on the last set. My older sister lived in Germany during that time and sent me that blouse! It was beautiful, I wore it for a long time. (until it wore out-lol)

Thank you for posting this set.

Els said...

I took a year of Cyrillic in high school, too! And I snagged The Russians Are Coming from the library for us to watch about a month ago! My sweetie'd never seen it, and I hadn't seen it since it came out. Do you remember the lead teen actress being the model in the Sun-In commercials that same year? Started me on a path of lightening my hair...