Am I the only person who remembers this!? I have asked my husband, my sister, my parents, assorted friends, and even several co-workers and NOBODY remembers it! Way back in 1992, the Barq's rootbeer company offered Soviet souvenirs to customers who sent in a 12 pack proof of purchase and .50 postage, in return you would get a randomly selected item from the former Soviet Union. I researched the promotion and found a lot of information about the actual promotion. The story behind the promotion is kind of a crazy one. But, it makes the items all the more interesting.
It basically was a last minute idea to boost the company's summer time sales. I also searched to see if I could find pictures or Ebay auctions of other "Russian Stuff" from the promotion. But, I only found 2 pictures. One on flikr and one on Esty. Did the items not survive the 90's either?
I have always been curious about the items that I received. I have never been exactly sure what they were. The first piece is some sort of ribbon, I am guessing. It is a small piece of muslin or other light weight cotton fabric. As you can see in the picture, it is printed in red with the image of a flower or thistle possibly. Inside the flower image is some type of naval war ship or submarine. There is also some sort of Russian wording on it, but I have no clue what it says.
The second item that I have is a Lenin Day pin. Thanks to the above mentioned Etsy listing, I finally figured out what the pin is. If you google search, there are literally hundreds of different lapel and hat pins for Lenin Day.
If anybody remembers this promotion or you got some Soviet stuff from it, leave me a comment! I would love to know I am not the only one who remembers this.