Great War MIA Russian Hussar In Field Cap and Fur-Trimmed Pelisse with Riding Crop, C 1914.
Measures 3 ½" by 5 3/8". No studio name. Pre-printed "postcard" reverse. Hussar views the camera with appropriate attitude. Reverse has undated six line inscription: "This is my cousin, Alexander Martinovich" a Junior Lieutenant who went missing in action while fighting the Germans.
Excellent condition showing only normal wear. There was apparently a mark on the hussar's cap that the photographer retouched with a brush - if you hold the photo at an angle you can see that there is a dot of something that was applied to the surface just to the side of the cockade.
If black and white film of the early twentieth century was more color sensitive, it might be possible to guess what unit this hussar was a member of from the shade of his pelisse. Since that early film sometimes registered even the brightest colors as dark or black, it is impossible today to try to make an educated guess.
It is one thing to wonder what happened to the soldiers in old photographs - but in this case it would seem that the fate of the soldier depicted was already a mystery during the immediate lifetime of his friends and family.