Monday, 18 May 2009

Mobile shop


Mobile shops aka autoshops were popular in 1990s when shops in rural areas could not satisfy the growing needs of newly established consumer society. Today many villages got more shops than back in 1990s, turning some of the vans into scrap metal. However, autoshops still exist but at much lower scale. The abandoned van was found in Kraslava, East Latvia.
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus

10 comments:

Gift said...

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Arnis Balcus said...

I don't know the history of the one on the picture, but in general, mobile shops were quite popular in 1990s. They usually had regular schedule and route, just like bus. Soviet time shops were dying out, while purchasing power increased, so mobile shops stepped in. Today also a new kind of mobile shops are coming into cities - country people bring their production and sell it at apartment block backyards.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Arnis, autoshops were very common in soviet times, they were travelling usually twice a week around kolhoz and selling mostly essentials: oil, sugar, salt, bread, vodka, cigarettes etc. After soviet times they were phased out. I've heard that there are still some auto shops in east Latvia, but never seen them anymore.

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