The Soviet Union, whose exports are usually of a more serious nature, has been stepping up its production of toys as a foreign currency earner.
CU: Santa Claus glove puppet from Soviet Union.
CU: walking doll (hand held)
CU: selection of dolls (6 shots)
LV AND CU: production of dolls in factory. (2 shots)
CU: dolls heads being prepared. (3 shots)
CU PAN: dolls eye in rows.
CU PAN: selection of finished dolls.
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Background: The Soviet Union, whose exports are usually of a more serious nature, has been stepping up its production of toys as a foreign currency earner.
SYNOPSIS: Soviet television says the toys and handicrafts are in ever-growing demand in other countries. The list of products runs into 500 items, ranging in price from the very cheap to what is described as being "within the reach of any family budget." In Mosco there's a 13 story toy combine that is an amalgamation of several small factories. Each year it turns out more than 30 million items.
But toy making is not a centralised industry. Exports come from all 15 constituent republics of the Soviet Union, which explains the variety found among them. Soviet agencies export the toys to many overseas countries.
Britain is one of the major importer of Soviet toys. This year alone, the U.K. is reported to have imported more than 30 million toys from the Soviet Union. They and an added aspect of trade between the two countries, as Britain has been dealing with Soviet Foreign Trade organisations for many years, usually in industrial and agricultural areas. So toys are a novel departure.