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Land of the Tzars in colour: Fascinating photographs show the people..of pre-revolutionary Russia
UK Daily Mail ^ | March 5, 2014 | Kate Lyons

Posted on 03/05/2014 5:26:40 AM PST by C19fan

Amazing photographs, captured in vivid colour, show life in Russia in the early 1900’s as the country stood on the brink of the First World War - and revolution. Photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky was one of the nation’s leading photographers at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. He was commissioned to capture a photographic record of Russia after the monarch saw his colour portrait of Leo Tolstoy. The portrait of Tolstoy, taken in 1908, just two years before the author's death, was Prokudin-Gorsky's most famous work and became widely popular and was reproduced on postcards, large prints and in various publications.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: photography; russia
Gorgeous color photos of Pre-Revolution Russia. The Library of Congress has the collection online if you want to browse:

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/prok/

1 posted on 03/05/2014 5:26:40 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan


2 posted on 03/05/2014 5:31:04 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: C19fan

Thanks for posting.

BFL.


3 posted on 03/05/2014 5:37:28 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: JoeProBono

Shining city-ski on a hill?


4 posted on 03/05/2014 5:43:17 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: JoeProBono

This picture perfectly illustrates the power of the church in the feudal times. Great, colorful buildings set on hills surrounded by colorless shacks. Imagine the effect, the intended effect on the mind.

Also the plate of the mud road going through the forest. That road would be impassable with any moisture. Hitler should have looked at that. He may have thought twice about Badbarossa.


5 posted on 03/05/2014 5:46:19 AM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: JoeProBono

WELL worth clicking.


6 posted on 03/05/2014 5:46:58 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: C19fan

Pfl


7 posted on 03/05/2014 5:48:29 AM PST by Batman11 (Obama is not American.. he has no clue what it is to be American.)
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To: C19fan

Those are Wonderful!

Thank You.


8 posted on 03/05/2014 5:49:25 AM PST by left that other site
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To: DariusBane

Twice a year those roads would become nothing but mud during the rainy seasons. That is what first stopped the Wehrmacht and forced it to wait until it froze to launch the attack that was suppose to take Moscow.


9 posted on 03/05/2014 5:53:53 AM PST by C19fan
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To: Nailbiter; Forecaster; BartMan1

Ping


10 posted on 03/05/2014 6:01:24 AM PST by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: C19fan

Magnificent photos. They certainly lend a different aspect to life in those times, compared to the black and white photos that we normally see.


11 posted on 03/05/2014 6:05:12 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: C19fan

The photographer never strayed far from the railroad. So we are seeing the most developed parts of Russia.


12 posted on 03/05/2014 6:17:24 AM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: C19fan

Thanks for the photo’s ,


13 posted on 03/05/2014 6:23:38 AM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: left that other site

Ditto.


14 posted on 03/05/2014 6:37:38 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: JoeProBono
Strangely these have the lyrics to Paul Simon's Kodachrome rattling around in my head.


15 posted on 03/05/2014 6:45:54 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DariusBane
"This picture perfectly illustrates the power of the church in the feudal times."

You picked a perfect adjective, feudal. For Pre-WWI Russia was still a feudal state and it makes you understand why they were ripe for revolution. Western Europes revolutions and moves away from monarchal society was in the 19th century. Russia was still living under a true monarchy dictatorship at this time. It was an unholy alliance between the Czar and the Orthodox Church. Thats probably what that Church building represented to the poor people of Russia at the time. It sat on the hill and acted as the central authorities eyes watching over all. I've often felt this is why Ayn Rand was an athiest, because of what must have been her experiences with the Church/State of the Russian Czar.
16 posted on 03/05/2014 6:47:06 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: C19fan

wow! Thanks for posting!


17 posted on 03/05/2014 7:29:55 AM PST by Nevadan
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To: C19fan

Beautiful photos. The most interesting one to me was the wealthy woman standing on her beautiful carpet.


18 posted on 03/05/2014 7:36:44 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

The Czar and the Church are Byzantine. The Czar was the true head of the church and defender. The Byzantine Emperor was Christs Vicar on earth. The Patriarch serves at the pleasure of the Czar. But of course intrigues between the Czar and the Patriarch were common.

The architecture of the churches, the dome, was meant to centralize power. The dome represented a portal to heaven and a portal to God, accessed through the church, and vicariously through the Czar, and the Patriarch and the priesthood. Very hierarchical. Even a mans relationship to God was only through the feudal system. Much the same way as the Catholic Church doles out God’s patronage. (zips up flame suit, puts on hood, pulls draw string tight over face, assumes the fetal position).


19 posted on 03/05/2014 7:54:19 AM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: Conservative4Ever

That's a man, baby!

20 posted on 03/05/2014 8:07:57 AM PST by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: Defiant

This is a carefully composed photo...the bench, the rug, the nice background. I just don’t quite understand the bundle of straw.


21 posted on 03/05/2014 8:26:07 AM PST by Drawsing (Fools show their annoyance at once, the prudent man overlooks an insult. Proverbs 12:16)
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To: Defiant

The one with the jewelry looks like John Candy with a hangover.

Come to think of it, maybe I understand why vodka is so popular with the men over there.


22 posted on 03/05/2014 8:32:09 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: freedomlover
Actually, 3 of the people in this picture look like men. One looks like men that I know. The one with the jewelry looks like Lou Dobbs to me:


23 posted on 03/05/2014 9:07:22 AM PST by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: C19fan; CaptainAmiigaf

I would like to thank my great-grandfather, Isaac, and my great-grandmother, Anya for leaving Kiev, Ukraine (just got out in the nick of time) during the end of the revolution in 1923. Their daughter, my grandmother, taught us to thank G-d everyday for being US citizens. She taught us to serve. Almost all the the family are involved in the local government or schools in the towns we live in.

My grandmother had an old suitcase of family photos from that time. No one looked happy in in the photos.
My grandmother came to the US at age 5 and was sent to kindergarten (yes, she spoke Russian) to be immersed in English....that’s a discussion for another thread.


24 posted on 03/05/2014 10:14:00 AM PST by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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