11 Prophetic Postcards Back From 1914

Prophetic Postcards Back From 1914

Posted on February 11, 2007 by

It’s a pity but there are now  multi-level subway on the Red Square. All the traffic is banned in this place at all. It is too close to the essence of Russian power – stronghold of Russian democracy, the Kremlin. And yes there are some policemen. A lot of them.

Now the “Lubyan Square”, another square in Moscow downtown. Prophets from 1914 thought that hundreds of airplanes and dirigibles would cruise above the Moscow even at night. Also there are special lines of air based rail road standing high above the city with its railroad cars moving above the heads of the citizens. Down there there is also a subway (there were no subway in Moscow in 1914). And a troop dressed in colorful red uniform using horses move through the square.

There is nothing in the skies in Moscow at 2007. All the flights above the Moscow are totally banned. It is insecure to allow flights above the Moscow, what if somebody would like to crash into the Kremlin?

And they couldn’t know back in 1914 that Lubyan Square would get a sad fame for the KGB (now FSB) building standing in the middle of it. Yes, they didn’t know back then that something like KGB would soon appear.

But what is interesting that most of the building on this photos were built AFTER the postcard was drawn – in late 50s, so the author of the postcard managed to see the architectural style of this Moscow square.


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11 Responses to “Prophetic Postcards Back From 1914”

  1. Wowa says:

    Actually there are railroads in the sky – Moscow Monorail!

  2. Sturmovik says:

    I like the idea of polished ice streets. Although impractical it would look like the city has glass streets. Someone should try this on one street in Moscow. Just for visual effect.

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  6. San says:

    nice post, tho i dont like the sarcasm in some of picture comments.

    • Sumar says:

      The owner of the website is very jaded and disillusioned about the history of Russia and the Soviets

      It’s all fine, I guess he never heard of that old adage “A little nostalgia in trying times holds the most worried minds at ease”

  7. Purba Negoro says:

    I love these old pictures.
    But- how clever- the skyrail monorail system even in 1914.
    And the graphic artists do correctly predict the traffic chaos of today’s world.
    A lot of excellent ideas. If public transport stopped directly under or inside a building- I am sure many people would prefer it to automobile.

  8. Caitlyn says:

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  9. Sasha says:

    There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game.

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