25 thoughts on “Vintage Pictures Of Moscow Fortunately Saved”

  1. I thought there were comments already posted here. Where did they go?

    I love these old pictures, thank you for sharing them.

  2. These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I will forward a link to my students of Russian. I know they will enjoy the photos as well.

    • I am pursuing an exhibition or exhibitions of the originals enlarged in Moscow. I have other cities that they visited posted (including St Petersburg) posted on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cranewoods/sets/

  3. Those were really nice. I’d like to see all of the photos.

    You can tell the guy liked horses. Looks like every time a horse came by, click, “Oh, look, there’s another horse, snap. Hey, a horse, Click…”

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that. He had some nice horses too.

    • To say he liked horses is an understatement. They were his life for a long stretch. His humorous books Stable Conversation and The Excuse Book (both from around 1900) are still wrtten about today, and the Harness Racing Hall of Fame gives out a reprint of his Excuse Book with every membership.

  4. The guy’s great grandfather was quite the photographer! Most of these appear to be uncropped. Excellent street photography. I wonder which Graflex model he used.

  5. An interesting and unusual post, because 1) it was explained adroitly in its context; and 2) the photos are professional, compelling, and have historical value. WTF happened here? LOL!

  6. Interesting historical pictures, glad to see them. But this was a society ripe for revolution. An uncaring, decadent government that let the wealthy do anything while doing nothing for the masses.

  7. It is my understanding that the photographer owned world renowned racehorses that traveled, from the US, with him to Russia to race…hence the horse photos. I’m sure he would have photographed some vehicles if they had been invented or, at least, used at this time in Russia.

    • He was traveling with a group touring race horces owned by G. K. G. Billings. The star was Lou Dillon, the first 2 minute mile trotter. He wrote articles about the trip and took 400 or so photos with his Graflex (I believe an RB model – I have one of his Graflex cameras … still works). Although he was running the advertising department for Union Carbide at the time, he got his start writing about racing for The Horse Review (he is in the Harness Racing hall of fame for his writing) and ran a race track in Memphis for Mr Billings prior to the trip. He stayed involved in racing until his death many years later.

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