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President Coolidge's wife with their pet racoon, Rebecca.
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Can finally put a face to President Coolidge's "same hen" from the old joke:
The President and Mrs. Coolidge were being shown separately around an experimental government farm. When Mrs. Coolidge came to the chicken yard she noticed that a rooster was mating very frequently. She asked the attendant how often that happened and was told, "Dozens of times each day." Mrs. Coolidge said, "Tell that to the President when he comes by." Upon being told, the President asked, "Same hen every time?" The reply was, "Oh, no, Mr. President, a different hen every time." President: "Tell that to Mrs. Coolidge."
 

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Sergeant Presley


There have been numerous historical figures who have served their country before doing what we remember them best for. Take Elvis Presley, for example, who served in the United States in 1958. However, Elvis was already a household name, which meant that many men were serving alongside one of their heroes. It also seemed like many critics of his provocative performances had a change of heart after finding out about his army service. He quit service early though as his mother died of a heart attack.

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Sergeant Presley


There have been numerous historical figures who have served their country before doing what we remember them best for. Take Elvis Presley, for example, who served in the United States in 1958. However, Elvis was already a household name, which meant that many men were serving alongside one of their heroes. It also seemed like many critics of his provocative performances had a change of heart after finding out about his army service. He quit service early though as his mother died of a heart attack.

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Also big respect to Elvis for turning down a cushy entertainment gig in the Army and serve in the Armored Corps as a regular GI Joe
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Picture taken circa 1943-45 on the deck of battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth heading to join the British Pacific Fleet. First ship in the background is the HMS Valiant, a sister ship in the Elizabeth class, followed by the French Battleship Richelieu, only a few years after it fired on British ships attacking Vichy controlled Senegal.
 

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Here I was thinking it was Russia in the early 90’s during shock therapy.

Edit take a close look at the McDonalds flag
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Moscow policeman enjoying first McDonalds in Russia opened in 1990
IIRC it took McDonalds nearly a decade to get that first store running. And a Big Mac meal was like a month's salary.
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Seems innocent now compared to the Chinese Communists.

From 2017 CCP celebrations after Xi firmly established himself dictator:
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IIRC it took McDonalds nearly a decade to get that first store running. And a Big Mac meal was like a month's salary.
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Seems innocent now compared to the Chinese Communists.

From 2017 CCP celebrations after Xi firmly established himself dictator:
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Yep, feels like a nightmare we can't wake out of!

Reminded myself of this ad for Levi's from that time, when being spied on in your own country was still a thing over there.
 

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Yep, feels like a nightmare we can't wake out of!

Reminded myself of this ad for Levi's from that time, when being spied on in your own country was still a thing over there.
Have never seen that commercial, that's really good. It goes to show one of the Soviet Union's fatal errors was overlooking the desires of ordinary people who wanted to be able to enjoy the mysterious and enticing commodities of the capitalist west like French stockings and American jeans. The commodity itself is more than just a trivial item, it offers you a certain transcendence to becoming a different version of yourself. It is weird to think about it that way but a car isn't just a car there is a status that it brings and an idea of you sitting in the driver's seat. Sometimes commodities are even billed as a lifestyle, a lot of high end brands like to describe their products as offering you a way to express your authentic self or be somebody else. Its a really important feature as it turns out even if you can get a space station in orbit if you can't get your citizens materialist goods your ideology is stuck with a blind spot thinking people won't desire the niceties beyond the basics. McDonalds was a literal window to the west, going there and buying the mysterious capitalist borgar was probably the closest experience Russians had up to then of seeing for themselves a tiny sliver of what things were like beyond the iron curtain.

Edit: I think the average person knew they were lacking but they could be told you have healthcare and education, a roof over your head and recreation facilities. It may not be as much as in the west but it is a simpler way of life and more community oriented than individualistic we provide everyone with jobs, you have personal freedom to more or less do what you want just don't stick your nose in political affairs and you can enjoy reading books and going fishing at your family dacha (cottage), if you got one of the good Soviet jobs.

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The family of a worker of the Krasny Khimik plant in Leningrad at their dacha house, July 1981
 
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Sergeant Presley


There have been numerous historical figures who have served their country before doing what we remember them best for. Take Elvis Presley, for example, who served in the United States in 1958. However, Elvis was already a household name, which meant that many men were serving alongside one of their heroes. It also seemed like many critics of his provocative performances had a change of heart after finding out about his army service. He quit service early though as his mother died of a heart attack.

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Elvis completed his full 2 years of service. He was discharged March 1960. When his mother died he got emergency leave to plan and attend her funeral then returned after the funeral.
 

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Have never seen that commercial, that's really good. It goes to show one of the Soviet Union's fatal errors was overlooking the desires of ordinary people who wanted to be able to enjoy the mysterious and enticing commodities of the capitalist west like French stockings and American jeans. The commodity itself is more than just a trivial item, it offers you a certain transcendence to becoming a different version of yourself. It is weird to think about it that way but a car isn't just a car there is a status that it brings and an idea of you sitting in the driver's seat. Sometimes commodities are even billed as a lifestyle, a lot of high end brands like to describe their products as offering you a way to express your authentic self or be somebody else. Its a really important feature as it turns out even if you can get a space station in orbit if you can't get your citizens materialist goods your ideology is stuck with a blind spot thinking people won't desire the niceties beyond the basics. McDonalds was a literal window to the west, going there and buying the mysterious capitalist borgar was probably the closest experience Russians had up to then of seeing for themselves a tiny sliver of what things were like beyond the iron curtain.

Edit: I think the average person knew they were lacking but they could be told you have healthcare and education, a roof over your head and recreation facilities. It may not be as much as in the west but it is a simpler way of life and more community oriented than individualistic we provide everyone with jobs, you have personal freedom to more or less do what you want just don't stick your nose in political affairs and you can enjoy reading books and going fishing at your family dacha (cottage), if you got one of the good Soviet jobs.

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The family of a worker of the Krasny Khimik plant in Leningrad at their dacha house, July 1981
minor pl: my dad used to sell jeans that he made himself back in 1970s Leningrad. He'd sell each pair for about 50 rubles, or about half his monthly salary as an electrical engineer.

the Soviet Union was an inherently fucked up system where taxi drivers and waiters had a better quality of life and earned more than doctors and engineers. It was only a matter of time for it collapse under the weight of its own retardation.

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minor pl: my dad used to sell jeans that he made himself back in 1970s Leningrad. He'd sell each pair for about 50 rubles, or about half his monthly salary as an electrical engineer.

the Soviet Union was an inherently fucked up system where taxi drivers and waiters had a better quality of life and earned more than doctors and engineers. It was only a matter of time for it collapse under the weight of its own retardation.

No image tax because taxation is theft
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Levis, casssette tapes of rock (they didn't like rap), VHS tapes of TV shows with commercials or movies with commercials inserted into them, Jack Daniels and Jim Beam, porn mags.

Trade that shit at the edge of the 1K Zone to some enterprising Senior Sergeant or someone like that.

Take your .45 and two armed friends though, gotta keep each other honest.

Elvis was part of Pearhead (3rd Armor), which is pretty much a bunch of RATs (Retarded Ass Tankers). I ate at the chowhall he ate at more than a few times doing dumbass stuff.

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3AD legend has it that he was pretty happy in the Army, weirdly enough. He'd often request to be sent out where reporters, even stars and stripes reporters, weren't allowed.

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Mainly because he was asked to do photo-ops like this all the time.

But that was back when stars didn't publicly act like they were nobility and lords on high. A lot of stars back in the day had military service.

Wonder how different Hollywood would be if we had more Adam Drivers and less Adam Sandlers.
 

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