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I'll never know or experience life during Soviet times, but during some of my visits to Russia I feel like I'm transported back to that era, or even another century. The road trip is coming to an end, with the final stop today in Yaroslavl. Along the way, I explored many small towns and spent an entire day and night in a village, talking to the locals in their homes, eating freshly prepared meals, and sleeping alone in an old house in the forest! But that will be the topic of another post. Yesterday in Soligalich, I entered a small meat shop and discovered this woman. I don't know for certain, but this blue uniform looks very Soviet, especially the hat. However, the most interesting thing in the provincial shops was...can you guess from the photo? :)

The object below! I became so confused when the shop owner started moving the balls, and thought she was offering to play some type of game. Then, my Russian travel companion informed me this is the shop's "calculator" or cash register, to add up the total cost of your purchase. How does it work? I still don't understand, but I was always bad at math. :)

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The woman in the cheese shop next store was wearing this same blue outfit, but she is progressive! She had a normal adding machine, and even modern day scales to weigh the cheese.

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I think it's always good to preserve your culture, including some old customs. But, yes, I was shocked to enter many small shops in Russian provinces and see no cash register, but this wooden contraption to calculate sales. Not just one or two shops, but a lot.

So many other things to write about, but I have no time on the road. :(  More to come soon...


Mar. 2nd, 2015 01:12 pm (UTC)
It's good to keep the brain active, and this requires more thought than punching buttons on a calculator. :)
Mar. 4th, 2015 05:27 am (UTC)
I worked in pension department 15 years ago, so chief of that department used "sctshety" (abacus, actually) to do financial calculations for the whole town and suburb (~6-7 thousands of people getting retired pay). Chief was old woman and she relied more on such calculations than on a chip chinese calculators the department had at that moment. And she was right ) I saw how those calculators demonstrated fantastic results having nothing to do with reality.
Mar. 4th, 2015 05:57 am (UTC)
I want to watch someone use it for complex calculations so I undertand how it operates and is effective. Btw, very nice username. I love bears, but not raccoons. :))
Mar. 4th, 2015 06:07 am (UTC)
I'm flattered )
I have chosen this username because it was the only variant I did not forget during the time.
I used a lot of variants at the beginning time in the internet, but forgot both names and passwords. So, racoonbear is a kind of result of natural selection.
Mar. 16th, 2015 09:15 am (UTC)
На счётах возможны только элементарные математические операции. Тригонометрия, дифференцирование, интегрирование и т .п.недоступно. Была такая интересная штука,как логорифмическая линейка. О ней Вам могут рассказать Ваши соотечественники , кто старше 50 лет. В Соединённых Штатах возможно от неё отказались раньше, а в СССР первые космические проекты Сергея Королёва рассчитывались в том числе и на этих линейках. И погрешность вполне удовлетворительная.
Mar. 16th, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
The abacus was used for space projects?? I guess I underestimated its significance and worth. :)
Mar. 16th, 2015 06:48 pm (UTC)
Logarithmically line.


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