12 Pre-War Leningrad Through The Eyes Of An American Traveller

Pre-War Leningrad Through The Eyes Of An American Traveller

Posted on November 16, 2011 by

These are some photos of the Leningrad of 1931, taken by an American traveller and photographer Branson DeCou, who later coloured the slides by himself. Now they are kept in the University of California, Santa Cruz, and this is where the photos came from.

The Amber Room in the Catherine Palace.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

The Winter Palace.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

Nevsky Avenue.

Nevsky Avenue.

Stores on Nevsky Avenue.

The New Hermitage.

The Smolny Institute.

The Moscow Gates.

In the park of Yelagin Palace.

A working club in Yelagin Palace.

In Yelagin Palace.

In Yelagin Palace.

The hall of the Catherine Palace in Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo).

The Catherine Palace.

The gates of the Catherine Palace.

The Catherine Palace.

Nevsky Avenue.

Nevsky Avenue.

Nevsky Avenue.

A line to a baker’s shop.

The Peter and Paul Fortress.

Near the Admiralty Building.

The Admiralty embankment.

A Rostral Column.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

The Hermitage.

The General Staff Building.

The Alexander Column.

The New Hermitage.

The New Hermitage.

The New Hermitage.

Near the entrance into the Hermitage.

Visitors and children near the Hermitage.

Girls near the Hermitage.

Visitors near the Hermitage.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

A monument to Nicholas I at Isaac Square.


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12 Responses to “Pre-War Leningrad Through The Eyes Of An American Traveller”

  1. oernii says:

    stupid coloring

    • Hirsh says:

      Why not see the glass half full and appreciate that these photos even still exist after all these years. So many others don’t. Look for the negative in everything and you will always find something to complain about.

  2. Ham are sick, Al says:

    I betcha a lot of these people died during the siege of Leningrad.

  3. George Johnson says:

    Interesting to compare the young girls of Russia then and now. What a difference!!

    Too bad those panels from the palace haven’t been found (supposedly). It’d be nice to have them seen again.

    • ptc says:

      Exact copy was made 10 years ago (using pre-war photographs)

      • Hirsh says:

        The Amber Room reconstruction was started in 1979 by Russian Craftsmen using B&W photos of the original as their guide, but eventually it met with financial difficulties. Ironically (and somewhat appropriately) the German firm Ruhgas AG stepped up with a $3.5 million donation to see that the reconstruction work was finally completed by the Russian craftsman. It was dedicated on the 300 anniv of St. Petersburg (2003?), with President Putin and German Chancellor Schroder in attendance.

  4. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Wonder how many of those poor people survived the purges and the war.

  5. Great website.Shows a Russia that I never knew existed -absolutely fascinating.

  6. mukmika says:

    A great collection of pictures. Coloring must have taken a long time, he must have been a patient man. Nice post.

  7. YJ says:

    It’s impossible for the artist to memorize all the color placement.

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