Old Photos: Moscow 1930’s

Every once in a while I get a link to the beautiful color photos of Russia made in the early 20th century by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. For these photos he used a complex technique called digichromatography involving making and then combining three separate shots using red, green and blue filters.

In the 1920’s and 30’s Branson DeCou used a different method – hand-tinted slides to document his trips, including his tour of Russia.

Kremlin. Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Kremlin.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

View from the Moscow River Bridge.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Street Scene.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Central Store.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Children's Theater.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Foreign Currency Store "TORGSIN".Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Blacksmith Bridge Street.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Visual Propaganda for a Five-Year Plan.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Pushkin Monument.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Church on the Friday Street.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Kids playing with tractor.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Kauchucuk "caoutchouc" Factory Club.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Moiseev Square.Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Better Services to Workers demonstration. Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Demonstration. Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Line to the store "Armenian Wines" .Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Mover. Courtesy, Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Additional photos from Russia by Branson DeCou can be found here and the rest of the collection which includes Italy,Germany and the US is here.

  • Anonymous

    Wow…these photos look like paintings.
    I’ve heard of Prokudin-Gorskii before, but not Branson DeCou.

    Also – my 80% hunch that you would make a post about the Chernobyl 25th anniversary was wrong. Maybe you’ll make one.

  • Mr.E

    These photos are black and whites that have had colour added.

  • nedmorlef

    they have some awesome architecture.