No one smiles. Did they lack teeth?
Also, I didn’t know they sold Vans shoes back then.
>>No one smiles Do they have to smile each time they take a photo?
LOL, I was going to post the same about the Vans!
Also, the last pic, first page…. is that Luke Skywalker? I think it is!
everyone knows that VANS stands for iVan’s Shoes…the “i” became silent throughout the years and then got removed altogether. the original Vans were made out of straw and are displayed at the Smithsonian. – NOT!
If you had to work long shifts in cold days with little profit/success/fun/freedom, would you be smiling? Think of what time this was in.
People never smiled in photos in that day in age. Same with American pictures as well.
Years and years ago, you didn’t smile for two reasons. One, long exposure times. You had to keep very still, often for several seconds or upwards of a minute — maybe even more. Two, it was a rare thing and a serious thing to have your picture made, so you took it very seriously.
Also if you smile evil camera would enter your mouth and grab your soul
The babushka in pic 22, the one pouring a pitcher into a tin cup, looks like Tom DeLay in drag!
The century of the Golden Age of Russian literature. (Although Dostoyevsky sold out to the Tsarist authorities).
I see craftsmen of all types, but no painters. Maybe they were out working on a landscape.
At least two different photographers.
Interesting stuff nonetheless.
my grandpa and great aunt are russian and i see bits of their faces when i look at these pictures. comforting and beautiful!
Great set of pictures, very interesting. Lots of hard working people there.
they all look like they could easily kick the modern man’s ass…even the women. nice pics!
the 12th one was epic
Wow…really makes me appreciate modern conveniences and labor saving devices.
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