Three Boys in Full Cossack Gear, Complete With Matching Kinjals.
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 hand corner.
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.