Kalinin Maiden (Калининская Дева) Thermometer. A novel matryoshka artifact circa 1987. Classic colors, ornamentation and face. Fine condition. Temperature is in Celsius - (0°C × 9/5) + 32 = 32°F. 7" x 3¼". 1 only, as shown.
The Kalinin Matryoshka (Калининская Матрешка) was made in Kalinin, situated on the Upper Volga River. In actuality, Kalinin was the medieval city of Tver, but had been renamed Kalinin after one of Stalin's loyal henchmen. After 1991, many cities were restored to their pre-Soviet names, for example Sergiev Posad (Zagorsk), Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), Nizhny Novgorod (Gorky) to name just a few. Thus, Kalinin was restored back to Tver.