The Market of Inaccessible Goods

Western goods in socialist Hungary

Let’s drop in the Budapest International Fair (BNV), browse and taste everything we can; after all, all the specialty products of the Western market debut there. Later, we should have some American refreshments in the bar after filling up our cars with Italian super-petrol and scented our bodies with French perfumes. But wait, where are we and which year is it again?

Text: Zsolt Lukács | Photo Editor: István Virágvölgyi | Translation: Zsuzsanna Bodóné Hofecker [The original article was published in Hungarian]

The Market of Inaccessible Goods - Western articles in Hungary during the socialist era

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