Kolobok or how animals played soccer – cardboard ornaments

One of our customer asked us for cardboard Russian ornaments “Animals playing football (soccer)”. “Could you suggest how old they might be?”, he asked us.

 At that moment, I was curious.

We have sold Russian-Soviet ornaments for years and we had never observed any Russian cardboard soccer players’ ornaments.

“What ones are you talking about?” our reply was.

“Okay, there’re a wolf, a bear and a hare, all with a football”, the customer answered.

After these words, it became clearly which ornaments he meant.

All those cardboard animals are personages from a very popular Russian and Ukrainian children fairy tale ” Kolobok”.

What or who is Kolobok?

It’s a spherical (soccer ball shape) fried bread, which suddenly comes to life and got away from his home.

 During his rolling-voyage he met animals: a hare, a wolf and a bear, who tried to eat him.

Kolobok escaped from them one by one. Finally he was faced with a fox which ate him. 

Cardboard ornaments of these characters were manufactured in a number of variations in the USSR.

The years they were produced range from the end of the 1940s to the beginning of the 1980s.

We have a few ones to show you below. They are from the 1960s.

Hare and Kolobok.79 x 60mm. (1960s)

  1. Hare and Kolobok.79 x 60mm. (1960s)

Wolf and Kolobok. 99 x 60mm. (1960s)

2. Wolf and Kolobok. 99 x 60mm. (1960s)

Bear and Kolobok. 75 x 70mm. (1960s)

3. Bear and Kolobok. 75 x 70mm. (1960s)

Fox and Kolobok. 99 x 60mm. (1960s)

4. Fox and Kolobok. 99 x 60mm. (1960s)