Let’s get back to Moscow, though, to the Arbat.
And here are two more photographs of Bolshoi Afanasyevsky, closer to the Arbat, that were taken almost a century apart. (Photo from the collection of the Moscow Time fund).
I am almost sure that in my school days the Pereulok looked virtually the same as in the picture from the turn of the 20th century.
In the upper left corner of the old photo you can see a pretty wooden mansion (the house of the attorney Plevako) that was demolished recently, in the 1990’s. Here is another photo of the mansion, and next to it, with a garbage can in the foreground – the same spot in 2004.
To be fair, the new lawn and benches and trash cans are very popular with local residents. And yet I miss the little mansion.
I would also like to present to you a couple of pictures of a spot dear to me, Sivtsev Vrazhek, shot from the corner of Bolshoi Afanasyevsky facing the Garden Ring; one of them dates from 1968, another from 2004.
Gosh, it takes a while to recognize familiar places.



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