Written: Written on June 29, 1920
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the typewritten text signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 395b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I enclose an extract from the booklet Cooking Food Without Fire (p. 43, No. 1 of “The Housewife’s Little Library”, published by the Supreme Economic Council, Moscow, 1918) and ask you to let me know the results of the thermos vessel competition announced by the Food Department of the Moscow Soviet.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
1 vedro—21 pints.—Ed.
 The extract mentioned by Lenin stated: “...the Food Department of the Moscow Soviet of Workers’ and Red Army Deputies has announced a competition for thermos vessels of large and small dimensions. Three prizes will be awarded: for apparatus of half a = vedro—10,000 rubles, 5,000 rubles and 3,000 rubles; for blueprints of apparatus of live vedros—5,000 rubles and 3,000 rubles. Apparatus and blueprints must be presented by October 20, 1918” = (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 434).
In a memorandum presented to Lenin on July 16, 1920, the Board of the Moscow Consumers’ Society reported that the competition for thermos vessels ended on October 1, 1918. Simultaneously with the work of the Competition Commission, the Food Department began to use thermos vessels made entirely of wood (plywood and shavings). These vessels were very light—about 32 lbs. for vessels of three vedros—and enabled food to be kept hot for 18–20 hours.