Novosibirsk with 2 times zones till early 1920's, not till 1957

Alexander Krivenyshev worldtimezone at
Thu Apr 21 04:20:01 UTC 2011

Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E] <olsona <at>> writes:

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> From: Mark Brader [msb <at>]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 7:49 PM
> To: Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E]
> Subject: Clocks in Novosibirsk in 1957
> Here is an item I found accidentally on page 16 of the (Toronto)
> Globe and Mail for April 25, 1957, while I was searching online for
> another topic.  I thought the members of TZ might be interested in
> the Novosibirsk part and amused by the rest.  Please forward to the
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> I have not gone to the library to locate the cited article in Maclean's
> (a Canadian newsmagazine).  There may be small errors due to the scan
> not being fully legible as well as my own errors in typing.
> #          Only an Hour Apart
> #                         Clocks in Novosibirsk
> #                         Comparatively Simple
> #
> #                            by MAGGIE GRANT
> #
> #  In a recent issue of Maclean's Magazine, Blair Fraser mentions the
> #  plight of citizens of Novosibirsk, Siberia, who for 38 years have
> #  had the clocks at the east end of their city one hour faster than
> #  those of the west end.
> #
> #  This is due to a time boundary running smack through the middle
> #  of the city, and Mr. Fraser dubs the Novosibirskites the "world's
> #  most patient people" for putting up with this situation for so long.
> #
> #  Now, I sympathize with Siberian citizens on almost every count,
> #  but I cannot shed any tears over this one.  Having a city's clocks
> #  exactly one hour apart for 38 years sounds like an ideal arrangement
> #  to me.  I'm certain that a normally intelligent person would take
> #  no more than a few days to catch on to the time differential,
> #  and surely any dunce would know which end of the city was which.

Novosibirsk and its outskirts used to have 2 time zones for just few years 
(from 1919 to the early 1920's), not till 1957 ...

Russia implemented 11 time zones in 1919 and it is true, that one of the time 
zone pass right along the river Ob' - dividing
Novosibirsk (population around 80,000 that time)  with its outskirts (probably 
small village, which later became one of the Novosibirsk "borough").

At that time, there was no road bridge (only railroad bridge), and most of 
people live their lives without much inconvenience.

Time was changed in the early 1920's - not in 1957.

(in Russian, use Google translation):

First auto-tram-pedestrian Municipal (Communal or October) bridge over the Ob 
river was finished at late 1955 connecting 2 "boroughs". 

See photos of that Municipal bridge and construction history  (1951-1955):

There is always media exaggeration about Siberia:
- Novosibirsk with 2 time zones till 1957-  (Toronto Globe and Mail April 25, 
1957) - not true ;
- lots of snow (only when snow blown into drifts)- Chicago has more snowfall at 
one time (lake-effect snow), then most of Siberia regions (away from oceans, 
semiarid climate type) ;
- only cold in Siberia (many places in Siberia regions reach 35-40°C(100°F) in 
the summer, with average summer range from 20 to 25°C (75°F) ;

Alexander Krivenyshev- born in Siberia,

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