Sailor From Signal Service of the Southern Fleet, 1918.
Sized 3 3/8" by 5 ½". Tryuntal studio, city unknown. Well
turned out sailor poses so that one can readily see his
silver-handled cane (or walking stick), his pinky ring and
his wrist watch. Reverse is one of the many pre-printed
standard postcard formats. Short ink inscription to a girl
friend named Ida dated 15 January 1918: "For good memory"
from Stopa Gusev. [There is also a reference to something
that seems to be the "Isle of Worms" - we have no idea what
that means.] Penciled collector note in English: "WWI
Russian Naval Engineer of Islands Service."
Excellent condition. Corners somewhat rounded from wear, but
the image is bright and clear. Slight brightening of the
image in a small area on right margin around bottom of
bench, probably caused in the darkroom.
By 1918, this sailor had certainly managed to survive the
First World War, but it is debatable how much longer he
might be able to flaunt his stylish cane while strolling
down the newly Red streets of Russia.