11 People of the Russian Empire

People of the Russian Empire

Posted on November 23, 2012 by team

You are going to see a big collection of photo postcards featuring people and mode of life in the Russian Empire of the end of the nineteenth – beginning of the twentieth centuries. So what was the Russian type?











They are so much different from the Soviet people and from our contemporaries.

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11 responses to “People of the Russian Empire”

  1. Maesrobert says:

    Fantastically interesting.

  2. Rea List says:

    In short, it was the same as during soviet union, except for tractors, pollution and no free trade.

    • petrohof says:

      and no knock on the door in middle of night.

    • Mike Talino says:

      I’d extend your list of exceptions, if you don’t mind:
      healthcare, education, information, transportation, electricity, public rights and equality.

      But anyways, modern Russian village is back to normal, only electricity still remains.

    • Boris says:

      Not quite.
      It was just the same as in many non-industrialized countrys in Europe, and the rest of the world too.

      People like to look at Russians as retarded backwood poeople.
      Stereotypes are easy, but they rarely are correct.

      Don’t heed the mainstream stereotypes. Start thinking for yourself!

      Then judge again.

      • America says:

        Stereotypes are just that, stereotypes. Broad generalizations about a people. But all to often they are grounded in underlying truths too so i don’t agree that they are “rarely correct”. Not sure i agree with your idea of what the “Russian stereotype” is though.

    • America says:

      “In short, it was the same as during soviet union, except” … the 20th century and all the benefits that came with it hadn’t arrived yet.

  3. banana says:

    The letters are in french and they are quite sweet messages. In one he writes to his son, in others it asks about peoples health. Kind of like “i’m thinking of you guys”. And in others he says when he is back to visit them in France/Belgium or he sends them a postcard of a place that reminds his family of a place they have seen. the word “type” in french language means “race” or “kind of person”.Fifth photo from the top says “greek merchant” (marchand grec).

  4. (r)evolutionist says:

    Before socialism (and therefore, modernity) poverty, despair, hopelessness, misogyny, apathy, misery, and inequality were the normality (for the masses). Postcards are a warped, twisted reality presented by the bourgeoisie.

  5. Alex says:

    On the first pic I see Ukrainian women in Vyshyvankakh. Everything else are Russians in Fofuljas.

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