Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Tin toys from Russia
Two little pressed-steel toys from the USSR. Maybe taxis? Or Police cars filled with happy Policemen? Using an obsolete Russian unit of measure, they are about 2 vershok long (3 1/2 inches in the obsolete British system). OK, they're 88 mm long.
I asked a former Russian citzen to comment.
"The car with GAI written in russian letters with the faces of inspectors sticking out the windows- see this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAI
This is the most corrupt unit in the police force- you can buy your way out of any wrongdoing on the road with enough money, they stop cars without reason, actually there is a reason- they want more money.They are maybe smiling because they accepted big bribe.
The second car caries happy policemen then called 'militzioners'. Happy for the same reason as inspectors, or just drunk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militsiya
The number 02 on the roof is police emergency number- they are separate there-
To call fire fighters, dial - 01
To call police (called militsia), dial - 02
To call an ambulance, dial - 03
To call the Gas Emergency Service, dial - 04"
Okay, the fun has gone out of these toys...