Three Boys in Full Cossack Gear, Complete With Matching
Measures 3 7/8" by 5 3/8". Vladimirgura photo studio in
Samara. Three boys, probably ranging from age five to nine,
wear full cossack "uniform" and stare solemnly at the
photographer. All three carry identical Caucasian Kinjals
with silver scabbards and handles. Reverse is plain and
shows evidence that the photo was once pasted into an album.
Two or three scribbles in ball point pen also on reverse
(not contemporary), apparent studio stamping in lower right
Excellent condition. Scribbles on back do not impact the
image. Minor rubbing of photo's surface has not affected the
boy's faces though it is noticeable against the central
boy's dark coat and in the curtain area near his shoulder.
Samara is located on the Volga River. During the Soviet era
it was a closed city and, until it returned to its original
name in 1991, was called Kuybyshev.