Theodosia (Teddy) Robertson

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I grew up in Mill Valley, California, lived in Poland, and studied Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana University. I taught at University of Michigan-Flint since 1986 in the History Department. I retired 2012, but continue to love teaching, writing, and research. I still teach online. The picture on this blog was taken in at my 50th high school reunion in 2013. A joy to see so many again . . .

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Transportation






Today Cracovians get around on bikes and in cars (increasingly larger rather than smaller). But in the past in Poland there have been many means of transport. The elegant green carriage was manufactured in St. Petersburg around 1913. Since the revolution came in 1917, just 4 years later, doubtless this company either converted to automobiles, went out of business, or met a bloodier fate in the Civil War. Somehow this last relic of imperial life found its way to Poland.
In the countryside you'll see many kinds of transport too. This horse is being taken somewhere behind a tractor; his owner speaks to him to keep the animal calm. And then of course there's the Trabant, the single stroke, 2 cylinder east German manufactured automobile of legendary fame. A lawn mower with seats. Nearly all plastic; you need only a hammer and wire to repair it. Noisy and fuming, it was the symbol of socialist achievement until supplanted by the Polski Fiat in the 1970s. You can buy Trabants on eBay now; they are collectors' items.



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