Avoska purchased in Kiev around 1970 and used until arrival in Chicago 1976.

String bag.  Originates from the Russian word avos meaning “just in case.” In the Soviet Union, one would not want to be caught without at least one avoska in his/her pocket or purse.

Because of chronic shortages of almost everything, avoska was a lifesaver when something happened to become available along the way. Stores did not provide bags to carry a purchase.

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