Guess the Soviet-Era Baby Gear!

Guess the Soviet-Era Baby Gear!

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Carrie McBride
Sep 1, 2010

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Lights, please. Cue the music. Where's my mic? Okay....let's play Guess the Soviet-Era Baby Gear! Take a look at the item pictured above. Study it. Take your time. What's your best guess? It may resemble an over-sized first aid kit or portable typewriter, but we assure you this is baby-related. Are you ready? Let's find out&hellip

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If you said BABY STROLLER: you're right! [*balloons fall! leggy assistant hands you a gigantic check!*]

The austerity of Soviet-era design apparently extended to products for even the youngest citizens as this boxy pram looks neither comfortable nor practical. You can see more photos of how this box unfolds to become a stroller at English Russia.

Reader Anna sent in this tip and tells us that this stroller may not even be as old as you'd think. "The pram looks like it was made in the 1970s, but the documentation in the last image shows a date that could possibly be 1981 OR as late as 1989. Also, Soviet design and production lagged behind Western standards by anywhere to 10-30 years, so it's plausible that this jewel of portability is from the 1980s."

For comparison, here is an American stroller from the 80s. I'd guess there's at least a 15-20 lb. weight difference.

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Thanks for playing! See you next time!

Thanks, Anna!

(Images 1& 2 via English Russia; image 3 via All About Props)

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