Departure: So Many Books
The United States of America to the United Kingdom
A matchbox label from 1960 propagating hitchhiking :”For hiking use hitchhiking”
Interestingly, contemporary hitchhikers use hääletama (and an hitchhiker is hääletaja. The words mean voting and a voter)
Hobusepea (Horsehead) street in Tallinn in role of Baker street, as seen in Soviet movie “The Hound of the Baskervilles”
"Kevadine unnapüük ja karm pöhjatuul on näkku oma vaod kündnud" … or stories about mannequins of the history museum in the Kuressaare castle.
During a guided trip to the museum I commented on the weather-beaten faces of the mannequins (especially of the ones depicting the fishermen and the collective farmers) and got to hear some stories from the behind the scenes history of creating the displays.
The museum had bought the mannequins from Italy, as that had been the cheapest offer. But when the figures arrived and were dressed up, it became apparent that a mannequin meant for showing off Armani suit looks weirdly smooth when wearing a vatnik or sydvester. Even if initially no one wanted to do it, eventually the mannequins got aged by an unnamed museum worker.
The story about the Soviet militia officer and a legless prisoner is also not about discrimination of invalids in the Soviet Union. There was supposed to be a cell-door between the officer and the prisoner. The museum workers knew the police station still had an old Soviet cell door and asked for it to be donated (got an agreement). The mannequin of the prisoner did not fit behind the door, and as the legs would not been visible from the spy-window in the cell door anyway, they were cut off. But then the economic recession arrived and the museum got the message from the police station: “We are sorry, but we have no money to buy a new cell door, so we will keep using the old one ourselves.”
The Soviet border guard dog was in reality just a blameless pet. The museum had asked the local vets to keep an eye out for handsome, but fatally ill German shepherds. And the family had agreed to donate their pet for history.
põlliku küla, 19. juuli