Color Post Cards of Russian Empire 100 Years Ago

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In our recent publications we told about the amazing Russian photographer Prokudin-Gorsky (the official photographer of Russian empire) who had a special technology of making three different shots and then combining them into one colour image.

So at that time that was the first coloured photo art about Russia. But not the only one.

At the beginning of the XX century another Russian photographer, Sergey Ivanovich Borisov, during his expedition across mountain areas of Altai (1907-1914) made more than 1000 photos later on used as material for coloured post cards of various European publishing offices.

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via sibheritage.nsc.ru

20 thoughts on “Color Post Cards of Russian Empire 100 Years Ago”

    • No, postcard are just very old, so colors probably changed over time.
      Here is the Prokudin-Gorskiy collection, scanned from original glass plates:
      http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/prokhtml/prokabt.html

      • I think he’s talking about these postcards, which quite clearly seem to be black and white photos colored by hands afterwards. Prokudin-Gorskiy was definitely color, but these postcards are by a different person.

  1. Nices cards!

    i collect postcard from around the world, if someone are interested in exchange cards, for contact with me, see my email at felipem dot com
    (it’s dont spam from my site, it’s only have my email)

  2. These are fantastic!!!

    As someone who helped put both those Wikipedia pages together in the first place and who has lived in the Altai region (and

  3. What beautiful photos of wild country. I don’t think people should argue over who lived there at the time, because nobody really knows. The purpose here is to show the work of a famous artist and the beauty of a region as a region itself. Lets appreciate that.

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