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Photographer and chemist Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii documented the Russian empire in full color images years before the 1917 revolution.

What Russia looked like before 1917 … in color

Jewish children with a teacher. (between 1905 and (What Russia looked like before 1917 … in color - The Washington Post)

С. М. Прокудин-Горский. Церковь Воскресения на дебрях (с другой стороны). [Кострома.] 1910 год

vintage everyday: "Russian Empire in Color" by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii

1905 - A barricade erected at Arbat Street in St Petersburg by workers of Schmidt factory during the 1905 uprising

Barricades manned by workers of Schmidt factory. Taken at bldg. 12 (on the right), camera facing west.

Just go to this site and look at all of these.  Colorized photos of russia 100 years ago.  The photographer took these photos three times each with red, green and blue filters, allowing them to be accurately colorized.

Russia in color, a century ago

General View of the [Nikolaevskii] Cathedral from Southwest, A dirt road leads to the brightly painted seventeenth-century Cathedral of St. Nicholas amid modest residential structures in Mozhaisk, west of Moscow.

San Francisco on Dec. 8, 1941. "Japanese restaurant, Monday morning after the attack on Pearl Harbor."

San Francisco on Dec. "Japanese restaurant, Monday morning after the attack on Pearl Harbor." Empires may crumble and Reichs turn to dust, but the Coca-Cola Company endures. Photo by John Collier.

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky became photographically renowned in Russia for a color portrait of Tolstoy. It was this fame that brought him to Tsar Nicholas II.

1907-1915: Russia Before the Revolution, in Color

Russia Before the Revolution in Color The people of the Czar's Empire. Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky became photographically renowned in Russia for a color portrait of Tolstoy. It was this fame that brought him to Tsar Nicholas II.

Последний парад. Красное село. 10 (23) июля 1914г. - Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi.

Последний парад. Красное село. 10 (23) июля 1914г. - Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi.

A group of women in Dagestan, ca. 1910--Russian Empire just before World War I (by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky)

Dagestani types, Group of women posed outdoors; between 1905 and 1915 Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection (Library of Congress).

The Emir of Bukhara, 1911    The Emir of Bukhara, Alim Khan (1880-1944), poses solemnly for his portrait, taken in 1911 shortly after his accession. As ruler of an autonomous city-state in Islamic Central Asia, the Emir presided over the internal affairs of his emirate as absolute monarch, although since the mid-1800s Bukhara had been a vassal state of the Russian Empire. With the establishment of Soviet power in Bukhara in 1920, the Emir fled to Afghanistan where he died in 1944.

Ethnic Diversity in Russia 100 Year Ago, Restored in Color

Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara, seated holding a sword in Bukhara, (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910 Photographed by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii /

Monks at Work Planting Potatoes by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii

The Russian Empire at Work: Photographs by Sergey Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky Monks at Work Planting Potatoes Volga River, 1910

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