Color Photos from Early 1900’s Russia

Triple negatives of blue, red and green filters on glass combined to create color photos before color photos existed. These pictures are not colorized, they are original color photos from 1909-1911. An amazing look at rare photos that humanize history.

A boy sits in the court of Tillia-Kari mosque in Samarkand, present-day Uzbekistan, ca. 1910.
A boy sits in the court of Tillia-Kari mosque in Samarkand, present-day Uzbekistan, ca. 1910.
A general view of Sukhumi, Abkhazia and its bay, seen sometime around 1910 from Cherniavskii Mountain.
A general view of Sukhumi, Abkhazia and its bay, seen sometime around 1910 from Cherniavskii Mountain.
A man and woman pose in Dagestan, ca. 1910.
A man and woman pose in Dagestan, ca. 1910.
Nomadic Kirghiz on the Golodnaia Steppe in present-day Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, ca. 1910.
Nomadic Kirghiz on the Golodnaia Steppe in present-day Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, ca. 1910.
A boy leans on a wooden gatepost in 1910. From the album "Views in the Ural Mountains, survey of industrial area, Russian Empire".
A boy leans on a wooden gatepost in 1910. From the album “Views in the Ural Mountains, survey of industrial area, Russian Empire”.
A metal truss bridge on stone piers, part of the Trans-Siberian Railway, crossing the Kama River near Perm, Ural Mountains Region, ca. 1910.
A metal truss bridge on stone piers, part of the Trans-Siberian Railway, crossing the Kama River near Perm, Ural Mountains Region, ca. 1910.
Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara, seated holding a sword in Bukhara, (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910.
Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara, seated holding a sword in Bukhara, (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910.
Russian children sit on the side of a hill near a church and bell tower near White Lake, in Russia, 1909.
Russian children sit on the side of a hill near a church and bell tower near White Lake, in Russia, 1909.
Factory in Kyn, Russia, belonging to Count S.A. Stroganov, 1912.
Factory in Kyn, Russia, belonging to Count S.A. Stroganov, 1912.
A dog rests on the shore of Lake Lindozero in 1910. From the album "Views along the Murmansk Railway, Russian Empire".
A dog rests on the shore of Lake Lindozero in 1910. From the album “Views along the Murmansk Railway, Russian Empire”.
A water-carrier in Samarkand (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910.
A water-carrier in Samarkand (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910.
Prokudin-Gorskii rides along on a handcar outside Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk railway along Lake Onega near Petrozavodsk in 1910.
Prokudin-Gorskii rides along on a handcar outside Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk railway along Lake Onega near Petrozavodsk in 1910.
Peasants harvesting hay in 1909. From the album "Views along the Mariinskii Canal and river system, Russian Empire".
Peasants harvesting hay in 1909. From the album “Views along the Mariinskii Canal and river system, Russian Empire”.
General view of the wharf at Mezhevaya Utka, 1912.
General view of the wharf at Mezhevaya Utka, 1912.
Sart woman in purdah in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, ca. 1910. Until the Russian revolution of 1917, "Sart" was the name for Uzbeks living in Kazakhstan.
Sart woman in purdah in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, ca. 1910. Until the Russian revolution of 1917, “Sart” was the name for Uzbeks living in Kazakhstan.
Laying concrete for the dam's sluice, 1912. Workers and supervisors pose for a photograph amid preparations for pouring cement for sluice dam foundation across the Oka River near Beloomut.
Laying concrete for the dam’s sluice, 1912. Workers and supervisors pose for a photograph amid preparations for pouring cement for sluice dam foundation across the Oka River near Beloomut.
Cornflowers in a field of rye, 1909. From the album "Views along the Mariinskii Canal and river system, Russian Empire".
Cornflowers in a field of rye, 1909. From the album “Views along the Mariinskii Canal and river system, Russian Empire”.
A switch operator poses on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, near the town of Ust Katav on the Yuryuzan River in 1910.
A switch operator poses on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, near the town of Ust Katav on the Yuryuzan River in 1910.
A group of Jewish children with a teacher in Samarkand, (in modern Uzbekistan), ca. 1910.
A group of Jewish children with a teacher in Samarkand, (in modern Uzbekistan), ca. 1910.
General view of the Nikolaevskii Cathedral from southwest in Mozhaisk in 1911.
General view of the Nikolaevskii Cathedral from southwest in Mozhaisk in 1911.
General view of Artvin (now in Turkey) from the small town of Svet, ca. 1910.
General view of Artvin (now in Turkey) from the small town of Svet, ca. 1910.
Pinkhus Karlinskii, eighty-four years old with sixty-six years of service. Supervisor of Chernigov floodgate, part of the Mariinskii Canal system. Photo taken in 1909.
Pinkhus Karlinskii, eighty-four years old with sixty-six years of service. Supervisor of Chernigov floodgate, part of the Mariinskii Canal system. Photo taken in 1909.
A group of women in Dagestan, ca. 1910.
A group of women in Dagestan, ca. 1910.
A Georgian woman poses for a photograph, ca. 1910.
A Georgian woman poses for a photograph, ca. 1910.
Alternators made in Budapest, Hungary, in the power generating hall of a hydroelectric station in Iolotan (Eloten), Turkmenistan, on the Murghab River, ca. 1910.
Alternators made in Budapest, Hungary, in the power generating hall of a hydroelectric station in Iolotan (Eloten), Turkmenistan, on the Murghab River, ca. 1910.
On the Sim River, a shepherd boy. Photo taken in 1910, from the album "Views in the Ural Mountains, survey of industrial area, Russian Empire".
On the Sim River, a shepherd boy. Photo taken in 1910, from the album “Views in the Ural Mountains, survey of industrial area, Russian Empire”.
A closer detail view of Isfandiyar, Khan of the Russian protectorate of Khorezm. This photo would have been taken near the start of his reign in 1910, when he was 39 years old. He ruled Khorezm until his death in 1918.
A closer detail view of Isfandiyar, Khan of the Russian protectorate of Khorezm. This photo would have been taken near the start of his reign in 1910, when he was 39 years old. He ruled Khorezm until his death in 1918.
Isfandiyar Jurji Bahadur, Khan of the Russian protectorate of Khorezm (Khiva, now a part of modern Uzbekistan), full-length portrait, seated outdoors, ca. 1910.
Isfandiyar Jurji Bahadur, Khan of the Russian protectorate of Khorezm (Khiva, now a part of modern Uzbekistan), full-length portrait, seated outdoors, ca. 1910.
View of Tiflis (Tblisi), Georgia from the grounds of Saint David Church, ca. 1910.
View of Tiflis (Tblisi), Georgia from the grounds of Saint David Church, ca. 1910.
A chapel sits on the site where the city of Belozersk was founded in ancient times, photographed in 1909.
A chapel sits on the site where the city of Belozersk was founded in ancient times, photographed in 1909.
A woman is seated in a calm spot on the Sim River, part of the Volga watershed in 1910.
A woman is seated in a calm spot on the Sim River, part of the Volga watershed in 1910.
Molding of an artistic casting (Kasli Iron Works), 1910. From the album "Views in the Ural Mountains, survey of industrial area, Russian Empire"
Molding of an artistic casting (Kasli Iron Works), 1910. From the album “Views in the Ural Mountains, survey of industrial area, Russian Empire”
Self-portrait on the Karolitskhali River, ca. 1910. Prokudin-Gorskii in suit and hat, seated on rock beside the Karolitskhali River, in the Caucasus Mountains near the seaport of Batumi on the eastern coast of the Black Sea.
Self-portrait on the Karolitskhali River, ca. 1910. Prokudin-Gorskii in suit and hat, seated on rock beside the Karolitskhali River, in the Caucasus Mountains near the seaport of Batumi on the eastern coast of the Black Sea.
An Armenian woman in national costume poses for Prokudin-Gorskii on a hillside near Artvin (in present day Turkey)
An Armenian woman in national costume poses for Prokudin-Gorskii on a hillside near Artvin (in present day Turkey)