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How Matches Are Made

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© RIA Novosti. Ulia Chestnova
In the Soviet Union, a matchbox cost 1 kopek. It was typically the cheapest item sold. Collecting matchbox labels was a popular hobby. And everyone knew that a soldier must be able to throw on his uniform in the time it takes for one match to burn down. See RIA Novosti photos of how matches are made at Pobeda factory in Verkhny Lomov village, Penza.

In the Soviet Union, a matchbox cost 1 kopek. It was typically the cheapest item sold. Collecting matchbox labels was a popular hobby. And everyone knew that a soldier must be able to throw on his uniform in the time it takes for one match to burn down. See RIA Novosti photos of how matches are made at Pobeda factory in Verkhny Lomov village, Penza.