A line for water, 1890.
You can study history by what people would stand in lines in Moscow for. Most photographs picturing those lines were taken by tourists. In the 30s, it was lines into cafeterias and the Mausoleum; the 80s were marked by lines for clothes; in the 90s people would wait in lines to McDonalds; and in 1998 it was banks and exchange offices which were in high demand. It’s good to know that today people stand in lines to get into a museum or airport.
A line to the Committee of Public Catering, 1918.
The menu of Cafeteria #1 included cabbage soup or fish soup, brown bread, carrots and onion salad, boiled pearl barley, fried herrings, stewed cabbage, boiled potatoes, etc.
A line for food, 1929.
A line for wine, 1930.
A line into the Mausoleum, 1932.
A line for food, 1935.
A line into a cafeteria, 1939.
Sokolniki Metro Station, 1936.
Udarnik Movie Theater, 1948.
All these people are waiting for a bus, 1954.
Often it so happened that people after spending a few hours in GUM would return home with nothing because clothes would get sold out really fast.
A line for hot doughnuts, 1975.
A line into the Museum named after A. Pushkin, 1979.
A line to Glazunov’s exhibition, 1986.
20 Moscow Artists exhibition, 1985.
The Kremlin Armory.
A line for cucumbers, 1979.
A line for ice cream, 1980.
Polskaya Moda Department Store (meaning Polish Fashion).
A line for shoes, 1983.
A line for cakes, 1986.
In the 80s, stores selling wine opened at 2 p.m. but people would gather in lines since early morning.
A line for soap, 1989.
A line for cigarettes, 1990.
Another line for cigarettes. The photograph was taken in the 90s.
People were really excited to visit the first McDonalds opened in Moscow in 1990.
These people wanted to get a visa to Israel. May, 1990.
At a gas station, 1992.
A line for bread.
By the MMM headquarters (MMM was a Russian company that perpetrated one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes of all time).
A line to a bank, 1998.