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How Russian kids improvised to make great potato toys in the 1930’s

According to an article published by the digital magazine Russia Beyond, “We are often surprised how spoiled modern kids are, how many toys they have and don’t appreciate them (and prefer a tablet most of all). Well, Soviet kids didn’t have such a luxurious life in the 1930’s, so they sometimes had to entertain themselves by making toys from the most available materials. In Russia, it was the potato.”  

So, parenthood can still be cheap, if you use life hacks from a 1931 illustrated book by A. Fedulov and Molodaya Gvardiya (Young Guard) publications and its sequel.

Below is a couple of examples of these potato toys, published here courtesy of Russia Beyond – view more here.

A potato mama walking her potato baby

Courtesy A.Fedulov/Molodaya Gvardiya, 1931 via Russia Beyond

A potato man walking his potato dog

Courtesy A.Fedulov/Molodaya Gvardiya, 1931 via Russia Beyond

Potato boys on the playground

Courtesy A.Fedulov/Molodaya Gvardiya, 1931 via Russia Beyond

Potato man fishing

Courtesy A.Fedulov/Molodaya Gvardiya, 1931 via Russia Beyond

Source: Russia Beyond. Go here to see more images
Cover image: Potato student studying potato science. Courtesy A.Fedulov/Molodaya Gvardiya, 1931 via Russia Beyond

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