When did you start collecting?
‘Probably about 20 years ago. I was fascinated by the whole cosmonaut thing and as I started collecting it, focused in on the dogs.’
Why did you become obsessed with the dogs in particular?
‘It’s such a surreal thing, the fact that these stray dogs were trained and sent to space. Because it was a triumph for the Soviets during the Cold War there was an amazing amount of ephemera produced.’
Where do you source them?
‘I do go to flea markets in Russia occasionally, but the range and quality is better on eBay.’
Do you get a buzz out of collecting?
'Yes of course, it’s a slight addiction.’
What do you think your collection says about you?
‘That I’m a collector: I’m not too intellectual about these things.’