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Commercial Break: Communist Era Estonian Meat Commercial

Words… well, they just can’t describe it.


9 comments on “Commercial Break: Communist Era Estonian Meat Commercial

  1. TND says:


    although in a category of it’s own it definitely beats the classic pentax commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrjqiG-YNfc

  2. austin says:

    “Kana” is Estonian for chicken, while “hakkliha” is beef. So apparently they had some crazy chickenbeef product there back then!

  3. Martin says:

    “Hakkliha” means minced meat.

  4. Here’s what I don’t get. In a communist economy, why run commercials at all? If more chickenbeef gets sold, do you get into the politburo or something?

  5. admin says:

    @Michael. This is an interesting point. Obviously the idea of a Communist commercial seems like an oxymoron. I’d be interested to hear from anyone living in the Soviet block, as to whether there were (m)any commercials. For example, there are a few listed as such, on Youtube, from Hungary and East Germany but this was one of the only ones from the former USSR.

  6. dataphage says:

    The fact that it had to be advertised even in a communist state probably says more about the product than anything else. Minced chicken doesn’t light my candle. A lot of chicken sausages are sold here in Oz, I tried one once. Once and only once.

  7. Popop says:

    Hey, there’s a bit more Estonian commercials from that era in Youtube. I guess all of them made by the same guy – Harry Egipt.
    The thing is that somebody in Estonia had an idea that there had to be commercials in TV and he managed to sell this idea. But it didn’t have much to do with selling the products because the shops were empty anyway and you bought whatever you got. So there were commercials advertising oranges but the ” ordinary people” mostly hadn’t even seen an orange in real life and you couldn’t buy it anywhere.
    So it was mostly just sadistic artform.

  8. 808 says:

    Have you ever seen the Hungarian “hurka gyurka” commercial?
    From the same area and promoting greasy sausages.
    check out:

  9. shibata says:

    This concept of trade is unbalanced and is the face of the 80s.

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