More Bucharest then and now

More vintage Bucharest public transport for your delectation. Taken from the same RATB postcard set as this.


The tram is stopped at the intersection of Strada Academiei and Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta. Undated, we are guessing the photo was taken in the mid-1920s.

Here is how the same spot looks today (well, last Thursday, actually):

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The trams are gone, the statues have moved and the tower on the right hand side of the main building has disappeared (earthquake damage?) but otherwise this is one corner of Bucharest which has changed little.

  • The old man below me used to come up to my door drunk with a knife in his hand. . . the pleasures of life chez Bucuresti!

    • Parmalat

      Why didn’t you pick up a knife too and go at him? I would have…

      • Mister Rearguard

        @Davin If that had ever happened to me, I would have stripped naked and rubbed peanut butter all over me dick ‘n’ balls and said ”give it to me baby”

  • Parmalat

    That building is missing a horn…

  • You know, the next earthquake might just complete Nicolae’s attempt at decimating the capital. Imagine: huge swaths of the remaining historic center in rubble. Lipscani completely obliterated. The nightlife will have to move out to the communist blocs built in the 80s.

    • Parmalat

      We ran parties in our apartments all our lives and nobody died, we could do it again if needed

      • Mister Rearguard

        Your neighbours must love you.

        • Parmalat

          They called the police several times… and I got a fine which I didn’t pay and 6 years later was deducted by the Fisc (IRS) from 2 of my bank accounts. So I paid it twice.

          In retaliation for that – I destroyed the PDL in recent elections.

          • Mister Rearguard

            I had a neighbour a few floors below me and she could not would not stop singing along to Adele. I went down below the building, into the basement found her electric junction box thinghy and switched it off, problem solved!

            • Parmalat


  • Alexandru

    and now there’s a tree 🙂

    • Parmalat

      Ceausescu planted that tree.