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43 Color Photos of Russian Churches 100 Years Ago and Today

Color Photos of Russian Churches 100 Years Ago and Today

In this article there are some interesting photos of a few Russian churches made in 1910 and today. The fact that makes them more interesting the 1910 photos are color photos also! Russian photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) received a few patents for his color photo technique. He traveled across Russia in the beginning of the 20th century and made thousands of photos. I visited his exhibition and the photos are really stunning, especially when you understand that they were made 100 years ago but are fully in color. That’s a real lost world of Russia before the Soviet era, before WW2 and WW1. Prokudin-Gorskii left Russia in 1918, going first to Norway and England before settling in France. By then, the tsar and his family had been executed during the Russian Revolution, and the Communist rule had been established over what was once the Russian Empire. His unique images of Russia on the eve of the revolution — recorded on glass plates — were purchased by the United States' Library of Congress in 1948 from his heirs. In 2001, the Library of Congress produced an exhibition, The Empire that was Russia. For this exhibition, the glass plates
were scanned and color images were produced digitally from the scanned red, green, and blue monochrome images, using a process called Digichromatography which was developed by Walter Frankhauser. In 2004, the Library contracted with Blaise Agüera y Arcas to produce an automated color composite of each of the 1,902 negatives from the high resolution digital images of the glass plate negatives. A complete description of his process and a list of other sites that have prepared digital color composite images are in the collection profile at the Library of Congress. And here are the few photos of some churches in Seliger region that were made by Prokudin-Gorskii almost 100 years ago and each photo goes with a corresponding photo of the same place made nowadays.   Church in Ostashkov small town, 96 years ago. Check out the horse coach on the right. In the beginning of the 20th century when in the USA there were already 1,000,000 people in Russia there were only a few hundreds of passenger cars, the most common mean of transport was a horse powered transport.
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an abandoned city in russia
272 An Abandoned City

An Abandoned City

Here is a little photo-session of an abandoned city. When the Soviet Union collapsed, government didn’t have much funds to support some small cities around strategically import objects. People of these cities were left all by themselves. Nobody could support them because any communication with this places terminated after the army decided that they now don’t have money to support those objects. People had to leave their places and move. Some were lucky to find their place under a sun of the Army of new Russian Federation, some less
fortunate had to leave such places without any hope to find a new home, just because the shops stopped working, water stopped coming out of the facet and nobody cared about them any more. It has been said that even president Putin was thinking to retire from KGB in 1990 and go to work as a taxi driver. Many people are now probably express great sorrow that he changed his mind at that time. Ok, so here are the photos: Just imagine how magnificient those buildings were before abandoned.
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russian taxi, russian limousine
29 Soviet Public Luxury Limo

Soviet Public Luxury Limo

It deprived the majority of the population of the right to have a private property, including cars. People mainly used the public transportation means, buses, trolley-buses, trams. And this seems to be a try to make a public luxury car. Kind of multi passenger limo
heading by the route “Home – Red Factory – Home”, carrying hundreds of shock workers, with lustrous eyes and great intentions. No extra doors available. None is supposet to come out before reaching a final destination of Red Factory.
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This is Moscow city scale model
37 Moscow city for sale, price: $3M

Moscow city for sale, price: $3M

This is a Moscow city scale model. It is back from USSR times, when Soviet leaders had a little craze on making such
epic compositions. It was ordered from an artist Efim Deshalyt in 1976. The size of the model exceeds 400 sqft.
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61 Stunning colour photos from the Victory Day (1945)

Stunning colour photos from the Victory Day (1945)

This was a parade of the Victory, in May 1945 when the World War II
officialy ended. First time I see the coloured photos.
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23 AK-47 Kalashnikov museum

AK-47 Kalashnikov museum

  This is photoset from Kalashnikov AK-47 Museum in Izhevsk city, Russia. The Kalashnikov Museum was opened in the city of Izhevsk, Russia on November 4, 2004 - one week prior to the AK-47
designer's 85th birthday as a gift for his anniversary. The budget of the project exceeded US$8,000,000. You can see the photos made by actual museum visitor here in this post:
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67 How did the Richest Russians become Rich

How did the Richest Russians become Rich

Here I am going to tell you a story of one country. I guess you’ve heard some facts on its past but I am practically sure you don’t know some exact details. So the country in question is USSR, the country which doesn’t exist now, since 1991. The topic of the article is connected with richness, but it’s impossible to understand the roots of the problem if not to make a little digression and to learn some facts about USSR. The main thing I want to point your attention at was a fact that in USSR there was no right for private property for individuals. This might seem unbelievable but it’s true. Nobody was allowed to own things greater than his toothbrush or tv-set. Just stop for a second and try to imagine if all the things that you are got used to would
become impossible for you to own. You can’t own your house or apartment (apartments in USSR were just registered for a person’s name but belonged to the state). You don’t own your property so you can’t sell it and buy new, you can’t just sell it and get money for it! In USSR nobody could buy a property for himself, property was assigned to a person or to a family by a decision of a local branch of Communist party. And more than that you are not allowed to start a business and to own the things connected with business – you can’t have a shop, a warehouse, a service company, actually only state could own any companies. Tell me, but please honestly, can you imagine yourself living in such a place?
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45 Russian oldtimers: Luxury car Chaika

Russian oldtimers: Luxury car Chaika

We are starting our Russian oldtimers review with Chaika GAZ 13. This was an elite car, not for sale for common people in USSR, only for Communist party leaders.  Chaika GAZ 13  Years of production: 1959-1981
Overall production: 3179 examlpes (only some 20 universals GAZ-13S and few cabriolets GAZ-13B (1961-1962)) Body: 7-seater 4-door limousine, 2- or 4-door cabriolet, 5-door universal (ambulance)  
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