Living Your Life In The Line

Living Your Life In The Line

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.

Living Your Life In The Line

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.

Living Your Life In The Line

A line for food, 1929.

Living Your Life In The Line

A line for wine, 1930.

Living Your Life In The Line

Living Your Life In The Line

A line into the Mausoleum, 1932.

Living Your Life In The Line

Living Your Life In The Line

Living Your Life In The Line

A line for food, 1935.

Living Your Life In The Line

A line into a cafeteria, 1939.

Living Your Life In The Line

Sokolniki Metro Station, 1936.

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Udarnik Movie Theater, 1948.

Living Your Life In The Line

All these people are waiting for a bus, 1954.

Living Your Life In The Line

GUM, 1964.

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.

Living Your Life In The Line

A line for hot doughnuts, 1975.

Living Your Life In The Line

A line into the Museum named after A. Pushkin, 1979.

Living Your Life In The Line

A line to Glazunov’s exhibition, 1986.

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20 Moscow Artists exhibition, 1985.

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The Kremlin Armory.

Living Your Life In The Line

A line for cucumbers, 1979.

Living Your Life In The Line

A line for ice cream, 1980.

Living Your Life In The Line

Polskaya Moda Department Store (meaning Polish Fashion).

Living Your Life In The Line

A line for shoes, 1983.

Living Your Life In The Line

“Souvenirs”, 1984.

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A line for cakes, 1986.

Living Your Life In The Line

In the 80s, stores selling wine opened at 2 p.m. but people would gather in lines since early morning.

Living Your Life In The Line

Living Your Life In The Line

A line for soap, 1989.

Living Your Life In The Line

A line for cigarettes, 1990.

Living Your Life In The Line

Another line for cigarettes. The photograph was taken in the 90s.

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People were really excited to visit the first McDonalds opened in Moscow in 1990.

Living Your Life In The Line

Living Your Life In The Line

These people wanted to get a visa to Israel. May, 1990.

Living Your Life In The Line

At a gas station, 1992.

Living Your Life In The Line

A line for bread.

Living Your Life In The Line

By the MMM headquarters (MMM was a Russian company that perpetrated one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes of all time).

Living Your Life In The Line

A line to a bank, 1998.

Location: Moscow

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11 thoughts on “Living Your Life In The Line”

    • Capitalism has proven itself far superior to Communism. The only time Capitalism fails is when it is infected with Communism, then unemployment occurs.
      I thought you knew this? Even KGB subverter knows Marxist/Communist ideology has built-in self destruct mechanism. It has no loyalty to the system and does not want feedback from people to make it better.

  1. Great example of the FAILED COMMUNIST regime where one could not even afford toilet paper. The entire USSR is still 50 years behind the Western European Countries and the United States. Obama would fit in well in a Communist country.

    • Considering the fact that the USSR hasn’t existed for the last 20 years, I can definitely conclude that Germany is atleast 20 years behind the rest of the world.

  2. and u think capitalism worked? watch in many contries how is workin….my god open ur eyes….did u forget the 30s? the 70s? the different is that they made up couple of wars for the fuel and for sell weapons thats all….both r the same, none is better than the other, if not we can talk about the invisible hand….my god…

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