Although I’d hoped to post something more substantive for my second post, instead, here’s a drive-by link to two photo albums that include some amazing images of Moscow and St. Petersburg in 1909.
To me, they bring home how much some of the streetscapes of these cities haven’t really changed in a century–and then how much some of them have.
My favorite image is this one, showing an early public health measure: free boiling water to fight the spread of cholera. The cucumber seller is a close second.
(Incidentally, I first saw these at metkere.com, an interesting blog that often links to wonderful image sources–including, today, images from the blockade of Leningrad.)