On October 8 “GOST-made in Yerevan” exhibition opened in Yerevan History Museum. Samples of textile and food production manufactured in Yerevan during the Soviet Period were on exhibition. The exhibition is dedicated to the 2798th anniversary of Yerevan and to the 85th anniversary of the museum.
The First Deputy Mayor Kamo Areyan, Deputy Mayor Aram Sukiasyan, Yerevan Mayor’s Chief Advisor Vano Vardanyan Yerevan Mayor’s Advisor-Chief Designer Garnik Amatunyan, Yerevan Mayor’s Assistant Maria Baraghamyan, the head of Culture and Tourism Department of Yerevan Municipality Ruben Hovhannisyan, members of Yerevan Council of Elders, employees of Yerevan factories of the Soviet period and numerous townspeople were present at the opening ceremony.
The Soviet period was particularly fruitful for Yerevan economics. The capital gradually became the center of textile, food and later, in the after-war years, for mining, heavy and chemical industries. Numerous small and large industrial enterprises were established. In some industrial branches Yerevan was one of the leaders in the economic system of the Soviet Union with its gross production. The production made at industrial enterprises was exported to other republics of the Union and to foreign countries. Cognac, wines, tobacco, shoes, carpets made in Yerevan were of particular demand.
Traditionally, the industrial enterprises granted the first samples of their production to Yerevan History Museum. This way the industrial fund of the collection of the museum was founded and a part of it is displayed at the exhibition. The visitors can see about 600 samples of production by wine factory and brandy factory (in 1953-1991 the monopoly of brandy production in Armenia belonged to this factory), cigarettes made by tobacco factory, shoes made by “Masis” shoes manufacture, alarm-clocks, electronic and mechanic clocks and watches made by clock factory, clothing sewn at “Garun” factory, faience items decorated with national ornaments, items made at Art factory and carpets made by “Haygorg” manufacture.