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Far off place

I wrote below that few people in Boston had probably even heard of Dagestan until now. The first time I’d heard of it was on a photo featured in this posting from 2010.

Whilst reading about Dagestan today, I found this photo which is almost certainly part of the remarkable Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii collection from the early years of the twentieth century. This photo is dated 1904:

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Man and woman pictured in mountain area of Dagestan 1904

Judging by the man’s weaponry and ammunition it would appear that safety and security was an issue in the country back then too.

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