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The Museum of the Communist Consumer: a journey through time in Timisoara

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What is the Timisoara Communist Consumer Museum

At the end of 1989, the communist bloc of Eastern Europe was crumbling before the incredulous eyes of the members of the hard line of the Soviet Communist Party. In Romania, Timisoara had the honor of being the first city freed from red oppression which had been installed in the country after the conclusion of World War II.

People took to the streets to celebrate it and, a short time later, things changed on all fronts. Including in the scope of the own house.

So, many citizens of Timisoara began to look at those western products which, until recently, had been banned from the consumer. These looked, fresh and tempting, on the shelves of Romanian small shops, as a materialistic symbol of freedom. Two very conflicting concepts, but history is full of contradictions.

People started acquiring these new products and discarding the old-fashioned products they had at home. A classic “Out old and welcome new“Very typical of beings who wake up after a long lethargy and realize that they have lost long years of their precious life.

A quarter of a century later, beginning with an old vinyl collection of LPs from Romanian groups, the Museum of the Communist Consumer was taking shape in Timisoara.

The Communist Consumer Museum offers a complete collection of objects that the Romanians bought for their homes during the "Golden Age" (as it was called by the communist propaganda of the time). Through them, you can get an idea of ​​how the family environment was decorated during those decades of the twentieth century.

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