Well of course those are not actual photos but rather paintings of Russian artist Vasili Petrov. He lived in 19th century and his main topic was a life of people around him, so his art wasn’t only valued for its cultural form but also for historical expression. And here we have some of his brightest works. Like a first one above is called “Arrival of the main police officer to the investigation, 1957”. Here are some more pics:
An Easter village procession 1861.
Tea drinking ceremony in Mytischi near Moscow, 1862.
“A Diletant” 1862.
Orphaned kids at a cemetery.
Farewell of the dead man. 1865.
A line near the pool (probably to get the water). 1866.
A teacher arrives to live to the house of the rich merchant. 1866.
“Clean Monday” – day of the week when people were going to Banya – Bathing house. 1866.
“Troika” – three apprentices bring water to their master. 1868.
At the road side 1868.
“A self studying janitor” – probably teaches himself to read. 1868.
Going to Troitsky-Sergeev monastery 1870.
Sleeping kids. 1870.
“Girl night out before the wedding, going to Banya (bathing house)”. 1870.
Hunters at the rest. 1871.
A Grandfather and his grand kid. 1871.
A fisherman 1871.
A professional criminal 1873.
A botanical scientist 1874.
A janitor giving a room to a lady. 1878.
A crazy man. 1879.
And that’s it. Seeing this pics you can understand that life was not that easy back in 19th century.