Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

Bashkir switchman on the Trans-Siberian Railway near the town of Ust-Katav, Russian Empire; ca. 1910

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Taken by color photography pioneer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky. He had an interest in documenting early 20th Century Russia through photography, but also enjoyed photographing others as well.

(For more of his fantastic work, take a look at the Wikimedia Commons page about him.)

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