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The coupon block of Leningrad and the Leningrad Region, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

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Years of issue: 07.1991
Signatures: no signature
Serie: Coupons
Specimen of: 1990
Material: Paper
Size (mm): 34 х 48
Printer: Unknown printer

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The coupon block of Leningrad and the Leningrad Region





The coupon block of Leningrad and the Leningrad Region

Leningrad Executive Committee. A single coupon block of standardized food supply for the population of Leningrad and the Leningrad Region as of July 1991.

The essence of the coupon system is that in order to purchase a scarce product, it is necessary not only to pay money, but also to transfer a special coupon authorizing the purchase of this product.

Coupons for food and some consumer goods were obtained at the place of registration in the Housing Office (or dormitories - for university students). At the place of work (usually in the trade union committee), the distribution of certain products and manufactured goods obtained in kind in exchange between enterprises was organized. Organization of trade through “orders” could also require the establishment of a control system, for example, the sale of meat on a "coupon-order" required the installation of two seals: the Housing Office, which issued the coupon, and the store, which sold the meat.

The reason for the coupon system was a shortage of some consumer goods. Without a coupon, goods could be bought in the markets and from speculators. However, with the growing deficit in 1987-1990, coupons were introduced everywhere for many food products and some other goods (tobacco products, vodka, sausage, soap, tea, cereals, salt, sugar, in some cases, in remote places, bread, milk , mayonnaise, laundry detergent, lingerie, etc.).

The purpose of the introduction of coupons was to provide the population with a minimum guaranteed set of goods. Demand should have decreased, since without a coupon the corresponding goods in the state network of trade were not actually sold. In practice, sometimes it was not possible to use coupons if there were no corresponding goods in stores. Some goods, if they were in excess, were sold without coupons, although coupons were issued, for example, for salt.

Estimated consumption rates may vary depending on the status of the locality.


The coupon block of Leningrad and the Leningrad Region

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