17 Peasant Everyday Life, Retro Photos

Peasant Everyday Life, Retro Photos

Posted on October 29, 2011 by


These are some old pictures of peasants who lived in the 19th-20th centuries in the Krasnoyarsk Region. Most of them were taken during an expedition to Yenisei Province in West Siberia, which began in 1911 under the direction of a museum worker. Its aim was to explore and photograph the culture and everyday life of the people who lived there.

This very picture was taken in 1916.

This is a peasant of Yenisei Province. The picture was taken in 1920s.

A photo of two elderly peasants with a chapel in the background, 1911.

Elderly women wearing thier holiday clothes, 1911.

A peasant family, 1905. The stairs are covered with hand-made rugs.

Another peasant family on a holiday, 1912.

A family of old timers and Old Believers in Yenisei Province.

A rich peasant family, 1911.

Teenagers, 1911.

Young peasant men standing in front of the barn, 1911.

Peasant girls in their holiday clothes, 1912.

Peasant men wearing their everyday working clothes, standing near a sleigh, with a mill in the background.

A miner in his holiday clothes, 1911.

The superviser of the mine. The picture was taken in 1887.

Supervisers’ job was to supervise the work and accept gold from the workers. This kind of shirt was very popular among miners of that time. High-heeled boots were in fashion in 1880-1890 too. A hat and a watch hanging on a chain or a string, were a luxury showing the status of their owner.

A country teacher with her family, 1916.

A medical assistant and a convict man, 34, who has covered a distance of 40 versts (50 kilometers) on foot, when the temperature in the street was 30 degreed below zero. 1911.

A potter, 1911.

Fishing pollan at a lake.

A peasant woman going to check her rods, 1911.

Fisherman. 1911.

These two man have killed a deer. The beginning of the 20th century.

A peasant hunter. 1911.

A hunter with his dog, 1911.

In the yard, 1911.

Flax pressing, 1910s.

Washing up in the Yenisei River, 1990s.

Women doing their washing. Reproduction. 1990s.

String twisting, 1914.

Tobacco harvesting, 1916.

A woman and her weaver’s loom, 1916.

Peasants making brooms. The 19th-20th century.

Peasants dancing. 1913-1914.

Playing a game. 1990s.

A running contest between a man and a horse, 1904.

The contest took place at one of the streets of the village. The pole marked the starting line. People in the background were supporters or just onlookers. The course was not too long and had a 180-degree-turn, allowing the man to win from time to time.

Migrant peasants. 1990s.

In the beginning of the 20th century, there was a big migration wave from western parts of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, to Siberia.

A migrant Ukrainian woman. The 19th-20th centuries.

A Ukrainian woman, 1911.

A wedding day. 1913.

Location: Krasnoyarsk Territory

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17 Responses to “Peasant Everyday Life, Retro Photos”

  1. Theebeatnik says:

    Great post

  2. banditrider says:

    Those two “elderly” peasants are probably younger than me. ;)

  3. gen. Kharkov says:

    Check the date, please: “Migrant peasants. 1990s.”

  4. Verto says:

    Very hard life without any rest.life for work and work for life ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  5. anon150 says:

    Wonderful photographs! Life was a lot different back then, but the people appear healthy and happy (if rather serious in front of the camera)

  6. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Great pictures! Thanks!

  7. Felix Dzerzhinsky says:

    I can only imagine how things went for some of these Kulaks and their children with shining eyes, when the weather changed for the worse, in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

    Glorious pictures of a world that is irrevocably gone, never to return.

    Thank you English Russia for posting them.

  8. Hoff says:

    I’m thinking of better times…

  9. marxistworker says:

    Peace, Bread, Land.

  10. (r)evolutionist says:

    Waiting for the PSR!!

  11. Mariel says:

    Great pictures!!!

  12. Fabulous photographs.I really wonder if the people where happier then just trying to survive and get the basic necessities of life.A simple but hard existence.

  13. rightwing says:

    These people were the true soul of Russia. Thanks for the post.

  14. somebody says:

    Nice photos,!!!

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