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Vintage photos of Moscow, 1909May 13 2011

Murray Howe travelled around Europe in 1909 and these photos of Moscow uploaded to Flickr by his great grandson.

Cucumber seller

Howe was arrested and detained several times in Russia and Germany for taking unauthorized photographs but still managed to bring his entire collection of photos home with him.

Two hundred and fifty thousand troops were in formal review before the Kaiser. Suddenly a tall, sloping shouldered foreigner stepped into the open, leveled his graflex and snapped it. "Take me to the official photographer," he suggested, when, the next instant, astounded sword bearers fell upon him from every quarter.

A few minutes later, he had the official picture maker deep in an enthusiastic conversation over some prints showing his work on another day, when foggy weather had foiled the official camera.

After that, it was merely human nature for the Kaiser's photographer to have his Yankee friend released, and gracefully to exchange prints with him.

Making of the Moscow Metro mapJun 17 2010

A lovely visual look at redesigning the map for the Moscow Metro. (thx, matt)

Face controlSep 25 2009

To sort out the uncultured, ill-tempered, and just plain ugly, Moscow clubs use a process called face control (or feis kontrol), a particularly picky version of the typical velvet rope system employed at clubs around the world.

Not that Pasha doesn't take his role seriously. As he sees it, his job, or that of any face control expert, is necessary because Russia is filled with "people who have just made their first million and think they deserve to be in the club, that they should get everything they want." This, of course, is a problem. "But in fact they're just a bunch of miners and day laborers," Pasha said. "They don't have respect or culture."

Sushi is doing well in many culturesAug 09 2005

Sushi is doing well in many cultures outside Japan and the US, showing up in places like Brazil and Moscow.

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