This tin represents Casa Scanteii in Bucharest. (Scanteia, “The Spark” was the name of the official newspaper of the Communist Party). In small letters, almost merged with the folkloric inspiration pattern on the sides of the box, there is written “8th of March”. The box is from a 1964 lot (this is written also on the tin). Two years later, Nicolae Ceausescu will initiate a law banning birth control and abortions and limiting access to divorce. A date about women’s struggle for labor rights lost in an image of power and of the conservative implications of a “folkloric” motif.
I never knew as a child in socialist times what were the origins of 8th of March, although the date was intensely celebrated as Mother’s Day.
These cards are from the sixties till the eighties. Flowers and birds and kittens…
Still, happy 8th of March to everyone identifying as women!