8 Russia as Seen by Foreigners in Early 19th Century

Russia as Seen by Foreigners in Early 19th Century

Posted on October 17, 2014 by tim

What I’ve read about this series of images is that a group of European tourists travelled to Russia in the early to mid 19th century, and to better memorize the things they saw, they decided to make these pictures. Inside you’ll find exactly what they’ve seen, but even looking at the first picture, which seems like a group of shepherds who are grazing a herd of bears inside the Russian city (and bears seem like they are pretty obedient for those guys) this pictures may be a little exaggerated. Or maybe it was really that cool in those times:


This one is called “The Post Office Head.” I guess the one in the flat hat is the chief as the one on the right looks like a slave peasant with a fishing rod (they abolished slave peasants as recently as 1861!). Probably he can’t read and the post chief is reading some bad news to them.

“Giant sturgeon pulled out of the Volga river”. Ok yes, sturgeons were pretty common in those times but were always considered to be a deli food. The sturgeon caviar and meats itself. If this is not another exaggeration, the fish really were big in those times. Also it looks like a fisherman is sitting inside the boat and the boat arrived exactly to the house, so they probably had the houses built right on the water at that time (it’s not allowed now).


8 Responses to “Russia as Seen by Foreigners in Early 19th Century”

  1. john says:

    Nice pics

  2. Erik says:

    Man , that is so cool .. Thank you for the look into the
    funny misconceptions of our ancestors .
    The birth of stereotypes .
    Thank you !

  3. Ryan says:

    Nice pictures.. I would have liked to travel anywhere in Europe, the U.S., or Asia during the 1800’s or even early 1900’s..

    I was born in the wrong century :/

  4. Vijay says:

    These look more like drawings than just photo. Very nice stuff, thanks for sharing.

  5. mittens says:

    Russians and bears. I thought those were jokes. I was so wrong.

  6. Tutan Camon says:

    In the picture number two “The Post Office Head” is not a “fishing rod”!!!!!!Is a “gas pedal” for horses!!!

  7. snowdenikoff says:

    No vintage asteroid drawings.

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