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What Russia Looked Like Over a Century Ago

 The photographs you are about to see are the work of Sergey Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944), who was funded by Czar Nicholas II to travel the span of the empire, photographing it in full color. While some of the photographs have not been attributed a specific date, they were all captured between 1905 and 1915. We would like to invite you to scroll down this page to see just how different Russia was over a century ago:
 
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1. The Emir of Bukhara, Alim Khan (1911)
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2. A Rabbi with some students (1911)
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3. A countryside fire brigade (1909)
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4. Prisoners incarcerated in a zindan
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5. Women working with hay at Leushinskii Monastery (1909)
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6. Evgenievsky Spring in Borzhom
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7. A group of children sitting on a hill (1909)
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8. A Bashkir switch operator (1910)
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9. A melon vendor with his stock (1911)
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10. The construction of a dam (1912)
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11. A group of workers
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12. A Surt woman
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13. A yarn spinner from the village of Izvedovo
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14. A group of settlers in Grafovka
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15. The view from Belgorod bell tower (1911)
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