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Russian Color Photographs From Over 100 Years Ago

The Library of Congress (LOC) contains a wonderful collection of old color photographs from over 100 years ago of various aspects of life in Russia. Regarding the photo above, LOC describes it as:

The Emir of Bukhara, Alim Khan (1880-1944), poses solemnly for his portrait, taken in 1911 shortly after his accession. As ruler of an autonomous city-state in Islamic Central Asia, the Emir presided over the internal affairs of his emirate as absolute monarch, although since the mid-1800s Bukhara had been a vassal state of the Russian Empire. With the establishment of Soviet power in Bukhara in 1920, the Emir fled to Afghanistan where he died in 1944.

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Find more pictures at The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated: The Empire That Was Russia at the Library of Congress website.

Published on March 3, 2014