Postcard #44 – I’m Sure Back in the Old Days the Streets Weren’t That Clean

by syaffolee

This postcard from Poland depicts an illustration of a 19th century tram. Of course, it’s an illustration so it’s really an idealized version of it. But isn’t that what most of history and the past is? Reminiscing about what once was? In the fog of memory, and the brain’s penchant to forget all the bad things, people tend to romanticize the past as a golden era. And they turn around and say that today is The Worst Ever. So okay, 2016 isn’t that great even objectively speaking, but at least there’s sanitation in a number of places. The 19th century would be a lot more iffy on that front.