Vintage Hand-Colored Moscow Street Photographs

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We’ve seen a lot of fascinating photos from old Mother Russia — from the bleak, found WWII documentation to intense, crisp, and surprising color images that are more than 100 years old. Our latest find? This collection of hand-tinted lantern slides by American photographer Branson DeCou, snapped during his 1931 trip to Moscow and plucked from the University of California, Santa Cruz Digital Collection by Retronaut. Meet the broads, the brawlers, the gentlemen of fashionably high-curling mustaches, the fermented bread drink vendors — all presented in unbelievably bright hues. Those are some daring prints on your shit, sir. Daring indeed.