The Past, and Another Country

Some photos I came across while finishing up my archival research this week

While looking at files on deportations and visa applications during the early Cold War in Mexico, I came across an unusually rich file which contained the manifest of a Russian steamer, the “Marshal Govarov”, which docked in June 1947. Each of the crew had been photographed. They ranged in age from 17 to 57, and their faces are fascinating. I love looking at old pictures of people, just for the jarring differences (and sometimes equally jarring similarities) between past and present faces and attire. Here are a few of the more interesting-looking visitors.

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Published in: on August 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Those are great pictures.

    • Lovely, aren’t they? I am a bit unsure as to the ethics of this, but presumably all but a few (if that) will be dead by now, and I didn’t include names.

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