1 Vintage Russian Memories Brought out of Photo Salons

Vintage Russian Memories Brought out of Photo Salons

Posted on September 8, 2015 by tim

Previously, when there was no Photoshop and travel was unrealistically expensive and slow, the only fun way to get a cool shot for a family album was to visit special photo salons which provided fake scenes of a richer life. They were either painted scenes with holes in them where you could poke your head out and wait for a shot, or sometimes more sophisticated photo manipulation techniques were used. Someone recently published a book with some of these of photos and we offer them here for your viewing pleasure:


Basically it all began before the Revolution and people in the photos were mostly the city citizens or even members of the rich class. They looked pretty ok in all this decor.


Another pic from pre-Revolution times. However after Lenin’s revolution struck the country, a new type of person arrived in the cities and the salons.


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One Response to “Vintage Russian Memories Brought out of Photo Salons”

  1. John says:

    I like the lady on page 5 from 1971 in the tropical style photo.
    She knows she’s not fooling anyone, she’s laughing about it.

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