Vintage Russian photos 1909-1915 - PT 2

The US Library of Congress has online a wonderful collection of vintage Russian photos covering 1909 to 1915 (before it Russian Revolution and it becoming a communist nation). It is the Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection features color photographs.

There are about 2,606 images of people, religious architecture, historic sites, industry and agriculture, public works construction, scenes along water and railway transportation routes, and views of villages and cities. The photographer was Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) known for his early color photos. That is what makes this collection – color photos – so outstanding.

As you start to look over the collection, there is also a search box above where you can place a time period, location, or name to see if any photos match. For those researchers who already are sure they have ancestors from Russia at the turn of the 20th century, it can be quite a plus to add any photo of a hometown village or type of occupation a relative may have done.

Especially lovely in color are the landscapes with their rich colors.

For each photo after you click on an individual one, scroll down a bit and a date plus the name of photo is listed. There are several photo sizes to select to save a photo to your computer.

Photos: Village of Palkino in 1912; Peasant woman breaking flax in the Ural Mts in 1910; Interior of a tea packaging and weighing operation located at the Chakva Tea Farm and processing plant just north of Batumi, close to the Black Sea coast about 1910; and the City of Smolensk in 1912.

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