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And now I'm fascinated by the rural peasantry of the pre-War period.
Here are some more Romanian peasants, a family from 1930:
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Same year, some boys sawing wood:
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From 1934: Three men use scythes to work in the hayfield:
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Besides the modern-looking hats (which may still be traditionally made), this could've been taken in 934 AD if they somehow had photography.
 
But to be perfectly honest, I've been fascinated by these types for years now. It's a hard feeling to put into words, but I can't help but look at such images and feel a small sense of pity that these people lived in a time before the present. It's that sense you get from images more than 70 years ago: "everyone you see in this photo is dead". Believe what you will about the possibility and progress of anti-aging and artificial intelligence, but you can't deny that there's an increasing sense it *is* possible. If not in our lifetimes, then "soon". 
You could not say the same for them. They lived in a time when their deaths were absolutely certain. You were born, you lived, and you died. This is why we created so many immortality myths. We don't want to die. We understand the necessity of death, but only the tired and suicidal actively wish for death— and when they're faced with the opportunity, they immediately find misgivings. 
In the past, you were doomed to die at some point. But some dreamers still wished to extend their lives. As a result, you find myths about Fountains of Youth and Shangri-Las. Alchemical wizards sought to find immortality elixirs from mercury and elephant tusks. Others made some level of peace with physical death by speaking of an immortal spirit— how weak it is to fear the perishing of your fleshy body when there's an eternal afterlife ahead of us all! 
 
But it all comes from the same root: fear of death and an inability to prevent it. 
 
In modern times, there genuinely is a sense that we might be able to defeat death itself. It's through processes just as esoteric as our ancestors imagined it would be, but that doesn't make them illegitimate. 
 
We're not yet there, and we don't know when we'll be there. But the fact we can even say "it's possible" is unprecedented in human history and pre-history. 
 
And so I can only look at these images and feel sorry for those who never got to know such a concept, who died expecting immortality only through a religious hope and nothing else save perhaps arcane magic from exotic lands. You could fear it, but you had to accept it. Hence why you would build your own coffin. You really had to.
 
 
And then I can also see their clothes and lifestyles and know that they existed in a state relatively unchanged for thousands of years. They were simple, agrarian folk. They toiled in fields and earned their bread and believed in God, and life seemed unchanging for generations. This was less than a century ago. 
We're very likely less than a century away from a state of being so exotic to anything humans of the past could ever have fathomed, even we have a difficult time imagining it. It can be scary to consider the idea of sharing this planet with another sapient intelligence entirely different from and superior to ourselves. It's also strange to consider the idea of leaving this planet to settle on another. But as long as we don't destroy ourselves, this is our destiny.


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/\ Awesome post btw 

 

I've been interested in Socialist Realism recently as an artistic movement. I might make a more detailed post in the art thread but this particular piece depicts a historical event we don't have any pictures of. 

 

This is Vladimir Pchelin's depiction of Fanny Kaplan's assasination attempt on Lenin on August 30th, 1918. 

 

She was driven to try to kill Lenin after the Bolsheviks dissolved the Constituent Assembly and banned the Socialist Revolutionary party (SR). The Bolsheviks had 24% of the vote and SR 40.4%. Kaplan's actions were one of many that would sadly fail to defeat the authoritarianism taking hold of the revolution. She fired 3 shots, 2 of them landed and none of them worked.

 

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Background information

 

https://en.wikipedia...ituent_Assembly

 

https://en.wikipedia...ki/Fanny_Kaplan


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At first glance, nothing special or interesting, just the old USSR map legend... but you have to read it! The map was obviously made before the start of Cold War with its narrative of "Free World vs communist tyranny", therefore we can see the surprisingly neutral and academic description of Soviet Union and its political system:

 

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"... In fact though its institutions are different to ours the Soviet Union is as much a democracy as Britain or the United States."

 

And here we can clearly see the parallels with our times. With escalation of modern cold war, Western narrative of Russia becomes more and more spiteful and distorted: "kleptocrats, aggressors, hackers, infiltrators, putin=hitler, rogue state, meldonium, poisoners, novichok..." In fact, "authoritarian" Russia of 2010-s stays essentially the same "flawed democracy" of early 2000-s (with some minor positive or negative changes). The only thing what really changed is geopolitical background.


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Pittsburgh early 1970s

 

My grandfather told me stories about how he had to use a snow scraper to clean ash off of his car every morning and evening. Pittsburgh already only gets about 70 days of sunset a year. I can't even imagine how depressing this city was before our environmental regulations started paying off. Keep in mind Pittsburgh instituted environmental regulations in the 1930s during the progressive era. This picture is roughly 30-35 years after environmental regulation. My city still has some of the worst smog in the country, but it's getting drastically better every year. Rarer species of fish such as paddlefish have started returning to our rivers too :)

 

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Paddlefish native to my rivers. One of the weirdest animals around. 

 

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It's less so life expectancy than a child mortality rate measure, tbh.


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