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Introduction

MICH16 may 2012

Welcome to the USSR! This web-site is dedicated to a particular relic of a bygone era: the crown cap as it existed in the Soviet Union. Many people associate things such as crown caps as a throw-away item, but there are others who regard them not as something disposed of but as a treasure to be collected – and collected with the kind of manic devotion seen in this website!

Shot from the popular movie "Mimino" (Mosfilm Film Company, 1977)Shot from the popular movie "Mimino" (Mosfilm Film Company, 1977)

What is the phenomenon of the "Soviet crown cap"? What is the difference between Soviet caps and other caps? First of all, although the design of these caps was the same as modern caps, with 21 teeth, most of the caps produced in the U.S.S.R. before the 1970s were made of aluminum. Because aluminum is resistant to corrosion, plenty of variations of these types of crowns have survived in good condition. Secondly, many of the variations reflect the fact that the Soviet caps often show a day printed on them that corresponds to the calendar; this day was the date of production. Because the storage life of beer was short, just three days, it was sufficient to put on the cap only the day, with no month or year. In theory, then, there could be up to thirty-one variations of a particular cap.

This makes the Soviet cap a special – and quite interesting – topic. Now we have a website where I and others will be able to show the results of our research into which caps exist. Already we have made a good beginning, but there is much more to do!

probkin11 mar 2021

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MICH03 jan 2021

As I announced earlier I've completed to draw help pictures of variation's key features. While I did that I managed to fix some errors in catalog, in calendars. I rearranged Moscow variations with many small differences - the variations have been grouped and now base variations can be found less complicated way.

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MICH08 dec 2020

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