Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Beautiful Bubs

In honor of the upcoming one-year anniversary of the end of our trip (eek), we have decided to celebrate by fiiiiinally finishing the blog.  Get psyched!
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(We like to call the NYC subway system "the bubs."  (It arose from an iphone autocomplete of "getting off the subs" to "getting off the bubs.")) The New York subway system might be convenient, but it would never be called beautiful.  The Moscow metro, however, is spectacular.

Aboveground, the Soviets built grey concrete bunkers to house their people.  But belowground, Stalin ordered his architects to build a metro that embodied svet (radiance or brilliance) and svetloe budushchee (a radiant future).  (Wikipedia).  They (along with the hard labor of the proletariat and the helpful oversight of the bureaucrat) constructed dazzling subway stations filled with sculpture, mosiac and paintings to inspire the good comrades heading off to work each day.  Smiling, healthy Russian children looked down from paintings on the ceiling.  Strong men and women swung backhoes and axes from mosaics on the walls. Muscled athletes were carved into the walls.   Deep under the streets of Moscow was depicted the perfect, idealized Soviet Union.

Our photos aren't our finest work, although you can certainly get a sense of the palatial grandeur of the stations.  A far cry from our local West 4th Station!

And, for an interesting perspective on Soviet inflation, check out this Wikipedia chart of subway fares over the past 80 years!

Single-trip fares, 1935–2010

  1. 1935-05-15 — 50 kopecks
  2. 1935-08-01 — 40 kopecks (with season ticket — 35 kopecks)
  3. 1935-10-01 — 30 kopecks (with season ticket — 25 kopecks)
  4. 1942-05-31 — 40 kopecks
  5. 1948-08-16 — 50 kopecks*
  6. 1961-01-01 — 5 kopecks (revaluation)
  7. 1991-04-02 — 15 kopecks
  8. 1992-03-01 — 50 kopecks
  9. 1992-06-24 — 1 ruble
  10. 1992-12-01 — 3 rubles
  11. 1993-02-16 — 6 rubles
  12. 1993-06-25 — 10 rubles
  13. 1993-10-15 — 30 rubles
  14. 1994-01-01 — 50 rubles
  15. 1994-03-18 — 100 rubles
  16. 1994-06-23 — 150 rubles
  17. 1994-09-21 — 250 rubles
  18. 1994-12-20 — 400 rubles
  19. 1995-03-20 — 600 rubles
  20. 1995-07-21 — 800 rubles
  21. 1995-09-20 — 1000 rubles
  22. 1995-12-21 — 1500 rubles
  23. 1997-06-11 — 2000 rubles
  24. 1998-01-01 — 2 rubles (revaluation due to post-Soviet period inflation)
  25. 1998-09-01 — 3 rubles
  26. 1999-01-01 — 4 rubles
  27. 2000-07-15 — 5 rubles
  28. 2002-10-01 — 7 rubles
  29. 2004-04-01 — 10 rubles
  30. 2005-01-01 — 13 rubles
  31. 2006-01-01 — 15 rubles
  32. 2007-01-01 — 17 rubles
  33. 2008-01-01 — 19 rubles
  34. 2009-01-01 — 22 rubles
  35. 2010-01-01 — 26 rubles
  36. 2011-01-01 — 28 rubles
*Not taking into account 10X denomination of 1947. In fact, the fare increased 10 times.












1 comment:

  1. 1. Wow, so nice!
    2. Welcome back to the blogosphere!

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