Some sources that give understanding about Russia of previous centuries belong to foreigners – those who travelled to the East back then. They should not be taken seriously though, because they are full of stereotypes and contradictions. For example, these are drawings made by European guests in the middle of the XIX century.
Post office. The Head of the Office is reading a letter to the illiterate peasant. It’s not quite clear, though, what’s happening to the woman. She could probably get some bad news.
Fair in Nizhny Novgorod, one of the biggest in Russia.
Foreign goods trading at the pier on the bank of Moskva river.
Deer used for winter transportation.
Many foreigners were impressed by godliness of Russian villagers.
Russian merchants saving a drowning European man. Transport containers are just like modern ones!
Someone’s fantasy for sure – Russian men hunting for bears.
Monastery on Solovetskye islands
Fishermen from Astrakhan are trying to bring a giant sturgeon into the house. There was much big fish in the Volga river back then indeed, it’s confirmed by later photographies. The fact that they are pushing the fish into the house right from the boat means that houses were built right on water.