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20th Century Russia Image

This picture embodies the early development of 20th century Russia. The picture was taken in 1915, close to the shore.  At the time of this picture the world was currently beginning early industrialization and locomotive engines were still a rare commodity. Russian railways and train systems were built in the 1850’s which means that this picture had rail systems for quite some time.

Russia is one of the largest countries in the world. Its geography made it a necessity to develop a form of effective cross country transportation. Early railroads were the basic mode of transportation for the people in Russia. The image depicted above was an early railway handcar. They were also known as a pump trolley, or a pump car. It was a railroad car powered by the people pushing the car from behind by pumping the crank in the middle of the vehicle.  The hand car depicted above is a much more luxurious hand car which could comfortably seat people while there were workers pumping the car so that it could move effectively. The hand car also is comfortably sitting several individuals who seem on the wealthier side. Early rail systems were developed mainly for the use of the Tsar, however the Tsar designated for members of the imperial family and representatives of foreign powers to be able to use the railway systems as well.

The red flag on the handcar represents the country of Russia at the time.  The individual on the left appears to be wearing a high ranking uniform and the man on the right appears to be a well dressed business man. This confirms that the Russian railways were used by individuals who were designated by the Tsar. The white uniform appears to have ranks on its shoulders, which confirms that he embodies a form of rank.




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