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This Aeroflot TV Ad from the 1970s is Very Funny (Must See TV)

A brief musical retro trip to much simpler times with Russia’s state Aeroflot airline

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'Fly Aeroflot!'

'Keep your money in Savingsbank!'

<figcaption>Those were the days...</figcaption>
Those were the days...

Since childhood I remember seeing advertisements like these displayed on the streets and in offices. They looked strange because Aeroflot was the only airline and Savingsbank the only bank available for flying or keeping money respectively.

The service was of course, as Russians would say ‘unimposing’, that is, it left much to be desired.

Tickets were hard to get but they were incredibly cheap and affordable for almost any family. These days it’s the other way round; carriers are many but flying, say from Vladivostok to Moscow would be quite taxing, even for middle middle class families.

Whatever Soviet citizens lacked in goods and services, they compensated with imagination, transforming things into brilliant art forms.

See for yourselves in this clip from a 1970’s TV show, including some of the most popular actors of the time.


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