Vintage Rio de Janeiro: 1943

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Taken from National Geographic’s archives, this unpublished 1943 photo of a crowded streetcar in Rio de Janeiro makes all other commutes look like a joyride.

Travel trivia: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Brazil’s historic streetcar service was suspended in 2011, after one of the trolleys derailed.

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This piece first appeared in the April 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. 

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