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Old Russia

These photos range in history from the reign of Tsar Alexander II, starting in the mid-1800's through the early 1920's. They are not always in chronological order but rather arranged to best tell the history of that time. (They are all in the public domain.)
1649 - A legal code makes serfdom hereditary c. 1864 - Tsar Alexander II - The Liberator Imperial champagne glass Tsar Alexander II's study in the Winter Palace An old serf
1861 - Reading the Emancipation Manifesto April 1878 - Cossacks celebrate before leaving for service Tsar Alexander III Cossacks on horseback
1905 - Pogrom in Odessa 1899 - Victim of a pogrom 1881 - Aftermath of a pogrom 1883 - Coronation of Tsar Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna 1884 - Polytechnical Museum
c. 1865 - Man with a pail c. 1865 - Priest 1888 - Tsar Alexander III with his family October 1888 - Imperial train wreck 1886 - Old GUM, Moscow
1888 - Kuznetsky Most Street c. 1890 - Woodsmen c. 1890 - Sick with typhoid 1890 - Sleeping Beauty ballet 1892 - Tchaikovsky with Bob
April 1894 - Tsarevich Nicholas engaged to Princess Alix of Hesse Peasant couple 1894 - Bridge across the Volga in Syzran c. 1895 - Peasant with pipe and dagger c. 1895 - Rumyantsev Museum (Pashkov House), Moscow
c. 1895 - The Richelieu stairs May 1896 - Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna May 1896 - One of 1,389 people trampled to death c. 1897 - Rimsky-Korsokov 1897 - Old Monk
1897 - Near a hospital-church 1897 - Alexander Nevsky Cathedral 1897 - Members of Kerzhensky Old Believers monastery 1897 - Tramps in Nizhniy Novgorod 1898 - Chekov reading The Seagull to members of the Moscow Art Theatre
1900's - Boys working on a street in Moscow c. 1900 - Three Imperial pages with two soldiers c. 1900 - Man on a troika Open air market 1900 - Anton Chekhov and Maxim Gorky
c. 1900 - Sergei Rachmoninov 1900 - Shopping in St. Petersburg 1900 - Leo Tolstoy and Maxim Gorky 1901 - 1st edition of Chekov's Three Sisters 1902 - Anton Chekov and Leo Tolstoy
11 February 1903 - Tsar Nicholas II dressed as Alexis I 11 February 1903  - Grand Duke Michael 11 February 1903 - The entire imperial family 1903 - The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg 1903 - The Lower Depths or Scenes from Russian Life by Maxim Gorky
1904 - Scientist Ivan Pavlov Russian soldiers stand above a trench of dead Japanese Bloody Sunday, Jan. 1905 - Father Gapon leading unarmed workers... 22 January 1905 - Bloody Sunday massacre 1906 - Father Gapon hanged
Sheep shearing c. 1905 - Tolstoy and family at Yasnaya Polyana 1905 - Writer Maxim Gorky prodding singer Feodor Chaliapin 1905 - Anna Pavlova as The Dying Swan Old Cossack couple
Lighting up c. 1909 - Red Square, Moscow 1909 - Supervisor of Chernigov floodgate December 1909 - Nijinsky Youth and beauty
1909 - Tolstoy tells a story to his grandchildren 1910 - Fabergé workshop Fabergé Easter eggs 1910 - Moscow flooded 1911 - Medical assistant with a convict
c. 1912 - Church of St. Nicholas 1912 - Grigori Rasputin 1913 - The Imperial family 1913 - Cathedral 1913 - Stanislavski as Argan in Moličre The Imaginary Invalid
1914 - Over 65 million men go to war Troops going to the front Women in the all-female Battalion of Death c. 1914 - The tsar among the troops Wounded going to the rear
Sergei Prokofiev 1915 - Feodor Chaliapin as Boris Godunov (Act 2) 1916 - Vladimir Lenin 1916 - Country teacher with her family 1916 - Tsar and children with Cossacks of the Imperial Guard
Mauve Room, Alexander Palace 1917 - Credit Lyonnais 1917 - Flooding in Moscow 13 March 1917 - Part of The Great Funeral 1917 - Alexander Kerensky
August 1917 - Lenin in disguise 1917 - Marching in St. Petersburg October 1917 - Storming the Winter Palace 1917- Room of the Grand Duchess Tatiana 1918 - Leon Trotsky
The Red Army before being sent into battle 1919 - Red Guards during the civil war 1919 - Graduates of the Red Army officer training school March 1919 - Joseph Stalin 1919 - May Day rally in Red Square
1920 - Bolshevik 1920 - Peasants getting electricity for the first time 1921 - Famine 1921 - 1st  American food shipments arriving