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Fascinating Photographs Of Russian Revolution Revealed

Published 21 January 2013

Russian-born photography aficionado Anton Orlov couldn't believe his luck when he was allowed to rummage through a number of old storage chests in the basement of a house in northern California in 2005. Inside, he found a treasure trove of hand-colored glass slides taken by an American pastor named John Wells Rahill during the Russian Revolution in 1917. There were also extraordinary slides from China and Japan in the mix, as well. Here is a selection of those photographs. Read more about them here. (9 PHOTOS)


John Wells Rahill and three Russian boys in a small village


Soldiers wearing gas masks pose by a bunker.


Soldiers on the train station platform in Omsk


The interior of the Soldiers House that Rahill helped set up in Valk


YMCA members entertain a crowd at a train station.


A ruined building in Moscow


A slide purchased by Rahill in Moscow from the Baranov studio


A funeral procession in Peking, China


The inhabitants of a Japanese fishing village

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by: mcc from: barcelona
January 22, 2013 06:32
Excellent photos. I love them! Thanks for sharing.
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by: Katyusha from: Spain
January 22, 2013 08:58
I agree :)))

by: ullike from: spain
January 22, 2013 08:05
yeah... nice.

by: Ali from: england
January 22, 2013 18:52
Well done from website

by: Matt Miller from: Minnesota
January 23, 2013 04:10
Here is a new book which provides a broad look at this fascinating story:
The American YMCA and Russian Culture (Lexington Books, 2013)
Take a look: