Links (external links open in a new window)
Yuri Alekseyecich Gagarin (Wikipedia)
History of rockets (Wikipedia)
Soviet space program (Wikipedia)
Russian Space Web, a website by Anatoly Zak, a Russian space historian and journalist.
The Soviet Space Program on the website of the CIA.
USSR Rocket Table Lamp
Materials: Plastic, some metal parts, transformer, Bakelite parts.
Height: 38,5 cm / 15.15”
Base: ∅ 15,5 cm / 6.10”
Electricity: 1 bulb E10, 1 x 5 watt max, 6 volt. Works on 220 volt, but can be used on 110 volt, it is a normal transformer inside. When 110 volt is used the bulb should be 3 volt or it gives 2.5 watt.
It can also be used as a bedside lamp or night lamp.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised. Without any doubt a Russian state-owned company.
On the bottom of this table lamp is written ЦEHA, translated: Price. 16 00 P K. The P is Ruble the K is Kopecs. Ruble: The basic monetary unit of Russia and some other former republics of the Soviet Union, equal to 100 kopeks.
This table lamp is a propaganda souvenir to celebrate Russia’s victory in outer space with the launch of the first rocket around the earth with a cosmonaut; a human passenger.
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit around the Earth on 12 April 1961.
Russian propaganda milestone graphics