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Homecoming Of A Czech Legionnaire Around The World

"Homecoming Around the World," a photo exhibit in the Czech city of Opava, is a unique series of photos made in 1919 by Czech legionnaire Vaclav Balcar. On his long journey home to Czechoslovakia from fighting in Russia's Far East, he captured more than 500 negative images on glass plates. His trip took him from Vladivostok to Japan, the Philippines, Hawaii, San Francisco, across America to New York, then to France and, finally, Czechoslovakia. This is the first time his family displayed the photos, which have also never been published. (32 PHOTOS)

Buryat-Mongols at the Borza train station in Siberia, Russia
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Buryat-Mongols at the Borza train station in Siberia, Russia

The icebreaker "Baikal" at night, in Russia
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The icebreaker "Baikal" at night, in Russia

The port of Vladivostok, Russia
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The port of Vladivostok, Russia

The port of Vladivostok, Russia
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The port of Vladivostok, Russia

A Russian Orthodox church on Pospolov Island, Russia
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A Russian Orthodox church on Pospolov Island, Russia

Leaving Russky Island
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Leaving Russky Island

The line at a soup kitchen for the disabled on Russky Island
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The line at a soup kitchen for the disabled on Russky Island

A street scene in Nagasaki, Japan
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A street scene in Nagasaki, Japan

Children in Nagasaki, Japan
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Children in Nagasaki, Japan

The river port of Manila, Philippines
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The river port of Manila, Philippines

Two boys in Manila, the Philippines
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Two boys in Manila, the Philippines

The American ship "Sheridan" in port at Manila
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The American ship "Sheridan" in port at Manila

Crew members having fun on the "Sheridan"
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Crew members having fun on the "Sheridan"

People posing at the harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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People posing at the harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.

San Francisco
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San Francisco

San Francisco
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San Francisco

A sign on the back of a car welcomes the veterans in San Francisco.
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A sign on the back of a car welcomes the veterans in San Francisco.

The countryside in Utah
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The countryside in Utah

The cross-country train ride as it goes through Nevada. 
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The cross-country train ride as it goes through Nevada.

The city of Omaha, Nebraska, as seen from the 17th floor of a building.
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The city of Omaha, Nebraska, as seen from the 17th floor of a building.

One of New York City's elevated subway lines
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One of New York City's elevated subway lines

A parade of injured legionnaires in New York City
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A parade of injured legionnaires in New York City

On a bus in New York City
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On a bus in New York City

The steamboat "Grand Republic" on the Hudson River
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The steamboat "Grand Republic" on the Hudson River

Aboard a steamboat on the Hudson
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Aboard a steamboat on the Hudson

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