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Combine inspiration from my little debacle with the Prince of Wales’ photomontage, a boring Saturday, and this is what you get.
Our Victorian gent on this CDV had too good of an expression to leave him be, so a jackdaw flew in and perched on his head. His face brightened. I think he likes it. ;)~
Here’s the original vs. the retouched:
Hm…don’t know if I am in the mood for this…
And well, if you’d like to see this gent retouched but without the bird, here he is:
Staring at the viewer and a hint of a smile make a huge difference. Click for larger image.
Original front and back. 1870s-80s CDV. Private Collection.
Photographer: Carl Anderson (a British expat photographer?). Wenden. Russia.
Snapshot. Private Collection.
This WWII era red army soldier was awarded quite a few medals. He’s leaning against a tree branch for an artistic portrait of himself. He’s posing without his ‘pilotka’ side hat on. The photographer may have been one of his ‘comrades’, the peaked top of his hat being the shadow on the sitter’s arm. Yes, that’s a stretch but maybe not too much. ;)
Friend or foe? Depends if this was taken before or after 1941. :)
Digital restoration work titled WWII Soviet Army Soldier In Tree by Caroline C. Ryan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Polar Bear Expedition Americans in Russia. RPPC. Private Collection.
Updates in italic bold.
Top row: McAver, Krueger
Bottom row: Johnson and ‘Tom’.
With their mix of names, I think these four were Americans. Per the conversation below there’s a good chance these four were of the ‘Polar Bear Expedition’, American infantry soldiers of the 339th Regiment fighting the Bolsheviki in 1918.
The wires on the front of the man to the left (Johnson) are probably to hold a backpack in place. They were in a studio but it isn’t hard to imagine the piles of snow outside.
Universal Postal Union of Russia.
Interesting also that the only translation on the back is in French. I’ve tried to date this postcard but with no luck. There just aren’t too many from Russia floating around that I’ve seen. My guess is this was taken anywhere between 1910-1920.
Here are a few pictures of the soldiers from the book “The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki”, by Joel R. Moore and Harry H. Mead and Lewis E. Jahns. Thank you Mrbflaneur for pointing me in that direction!
Printing the news
A sad but revealing tribute to the fallen soldiers of this expedition.