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)
2. Wolf and Kolobok. 99 x 60mm. (1960s)
3. Bear and Kolobok. 75 x 70mm. (1960s)
4. Fox and Kolobok. 99 x 60mm. (1960s)