Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

The Eliseev brothers were rich Russian merchants who owned some shops, many warehouses and vodka and confectionery factories in the beginning of the last century. Let us look at the magnificent old buildings.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Eliseev (in the middle) and friends

Successful Merchants of Old Time
The Eliseev building was erected on the corner of Nevsky Prospect and Malaia (Little) Sadovaia Street between 1902 and 1903.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

The new building designed by G.V. Baranovsky, the company architect, housed the luxurious Eliseev food emporium selling fine imported and local wines and a large assortment of coffee, tea, food and confectionery products.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

It embraced 3 trade halls decorated with mirrors and candles. A bank and a hall rented by performance groups occupied the 2nd floor.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Office.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Booking office.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Shop.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Confectionery shop.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Making jam.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Caramel production.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Liquor production.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Rhine wine production.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Chocolate production.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Cigar production.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Warehouse.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Package department.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Shop.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Office.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Office.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Market.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Shop.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

External view of the shop.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

General view of the shop.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Cabinet.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Office.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Dining-room.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Basement.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Cellar.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Kitchen.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Sausage factory.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Room where coffee was made.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Butter and vinegar production.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Selling groceries.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Confectionery room.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Crystal department.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Selling fruits.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

In the yard.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

External view of the shop.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

The Eliseev brothers shop.

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Successful Merchants of Old Time

Looking at the building constructed in the flamboyant art nouveau style, it is hard to believe that it took ten years only for a poor peasant from the city of Yaroslavl to become a successful merchant and one of the richest people of Saint-Petersburg. It happened due to ideal personal qualities and luck as after the war with Napoleon Russia experienced the age of rise in every aspect of life.

If only stores of today could look like this! They sooner resembled some museums.

Do contemporary businessmen put so much soul in what they do?

Location: Saint-Petersburg

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18 thoughts on “Successful Merchants of Old Time”

  1. there is no cigars’production picture but two chocolates production pictures.
    En plus, “c’ est écrit dessus,
    comme le Port-salut”!

  2. Wellll…

    It’s nice, but in the U.S., we have pretty much the same thing every 23 miles.

    It’s called “Wal-Mart”

  3. And then the Bolsheviks came along and liked what they saw, and thought they’d like to own it. And then hell began. They’re just now returning to a prosperous way of life.
    So sad. Sad it too them so long to figure it out. China too.
    Capitalism and freedom lifts all boats (that work to be lifted), where socialism/marxim, sinks all boats and brings misery to everybody equally (well, almost, not those at the top, like in government).

    Just goes to show ya, if you’re going to have a revolution, you have to be the one to start it, or you’ll live like a commoner.

    • What an amazing number of baseless assumptions you make. Since the end of the USSR, life expectancy has dropped precipitously, living conditions have declined, and a few oligarchs have gotten very rich. Capitalism creates inequality and misery for most; socialism and Marxism are about sharing the wealth, which the early Bolsheviks did. If capitalists hadn’t invaded the Soviet Union and killed hundreds of thousands of people, socialism might have had a chance.

      On an entirely different topic, Lentiseev’s is still around today and it’s beautiful. I’d imagine the brothers lost their property so ordinary people could shop there. The Bolsheviks didn’t destroy it.

      • Oh please Soviets/Russians only have themselves to blame for the failures of communism. They were the one running the show. They murdered, starved and victimized millions more then were ever killed in all the wars they fought.

    • It began with people dying of hunger and later repressing all their complaints. It’s called long lasting abuse.

      That’s how all revolutions start, communist or not.

  4. I assume that only a few people(10% or so?) were able to buy those goods at that time. The rest of people could only watch those goods on display. Do not be deceived by what you see through your eyes. Tremendous inequalities existed in those times.

    • Not just in those times. In Imperial times it was 5%, in Soviet times it was 10%, in the 1990’s it was 1%, and nowadays who knows how much. Same everywhere I suppose.

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