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The past of the blue screens. The Kurortny districty displays vintage TV sets


Dozens of TV sets, radios and tape recorders – dating back to 1945 – have been displayed at the administration building of Kurortny district. Items from private collections have become part of the “Museum of soviet radiotechnics” exhibition.


The collection lists a thousand rare items which can now be described as vintage. Nikolay Rastvortsev delved into the atmosphere of the last century.

The dream of many Soviet families deservedly opens the exhibition. Assembled from three pieces, this TV set is not just a vintage item. It’s a working model which still shocks with how good the picture quality is.

Boris Starobin, head specialist at the museum: “The small format is great and picture sharpness is amazing. I remember how we watched it – and there were no other TV sets at the time, I am that old. My grandson came over, saw it and asked – so what? Because there was a big one standing next to it”

The next one is T2. It actually had 3 channels. It was made in Leningrad and East Germany. Only having opened the curtain, you can understand – that it’s not just a radio on the shelf, but also a black and white TV. The small blind protected the screen from direct sunlight.

Boris Starobin, head specialist at the museum: “That’s how the people said it then – which TV do you own, a big or a small one? The big one meant better income, the smaller one – lesser income”

The 60-year-old “Festival” clearly sticks out among a huge number of radios. Its main feature could be considered surprising even today. Along with unique sensitivity and acoustics, its owner also received a remote control.

Boris Starobin, head specialist at the museum: “Such remotes hadn’t existed before, nor they were made after. It allowed switching between frequencies and alter volume” 

Each stand also has pictures took in the decade when certain models were made. This was done primarily for the younger generations. Older visitors at times know more about the items than those working at the museum.

Diana Paltz, PR-specialist at “Historic-culture museum complex at Razliv”: “I remember my parents turning on old tape reel recorder. It’s over there. They played it in the hallway, while they danced in the room. Simply amazing. It’s hard to imagine something like this today. And then my dad dreamt of a player like “Vega”.

Although sometimes museum workers swap items around. Just to show what path domestic-made TV sets have taken in 4 decades.

Boris Starobin, head specialist at the museum: “The size of the screen is almost the same. The weight is different by 30 times. The size overall is small. The energy consumption is different by 10 times. This one you could take out with batteries and watch outside”

Nikolay Rastvortsev, reporter: “Another part of the exhibition is a lively display of gear which was used in nightclubs during 1980’s discos. Although, my colleagues of those times used the same microphones. In the weekends, this gear is used again – concerts are held here. Modern-day musical instruments are connected to Soviet-era mixing table. And melodies sound exactly the same way as 30 years ago – from the East Germany-made speakers”.