Name That List, #47

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • Kremlin
  • Sputnik
  • Victory of Kolkhoz
  • White Sea Canal
  • Red Moscow
  • May 1
  • Express
  • Progress
  • Take Off
  • The 5th All-Union Day of Soviet Railroadmen
  • Eighth of March
  • Hero of the North
  • Arctic


They're all names of fragrances that were sold in the Soviet Union.

Apparently the state-run cosmetics manufacturer (TeZhe) liked to give its perfumes patriotic names, honoring current events. From the article "Marketing for Socialism: Soviet Cosmetics in the 1930s" (pdf):

TeZhe introduced fragrances named after current events. For example, Pobeda Kolkhoza (Victory of Kolkhoz) marked the end of the collectivization process, Geroi Severa (Hero of the North) and Arktika (Arctic) honored the Soviet North Pole expedition, and Belomorkanal (White Sea Canal) commemorated the canal’s construction. These products disappeared once the propagandistic significance of the message had eroded.

The name "Take Off" didn't refer to some kind of imitation, but rather was "a literal translation of the Russian command given to airplane pilots about to take off in group formation."

Also, Red Moscow perfume is still being made (available on Amazon) and has quite a few fans.

More info: The Strange History of Bolshevik-Era Soviet Perfume

Red Moscow perfume

Tucson Daily Citizen - Aug 14, 1968

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 22, 2018
     Category: Name That List

Oh. I guessed Soviet musicals.
Posted by Richard Bos on 06/23/18 at 03:54 AM
I was thinking of craft beers brewed in Russia.
Posted by Fritz G on 06/23/18 at 05:55 AM
Soviet submarines, here.
Posted by Virtual on 06/23/18 at 10:12 AM
My favorite back then was Stalin's Dusty Mausoleum.
Posted by Old Whitebelly on 06/23/18 at 12:40 PM
"Hero of the North" and "Arctic" would sell great in the West as fragrances for men.
Posted by Yudith on 06/24/18 at 07:21 AM
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