This vintage photograph features an adorable Russian schoolgirl. She is wearing braids, a hairbow, and a beautiful smile. Note the five pointed star pin that she is wearing on the front of her dress. It is known as a “Little Octobrist” badge. This Soviet term made it’s apperance around 1923-1924. Originally, the term referred to children born in 1917, the year of the October revolution. As time passed, the term was utilized as the name of a youth organization for children between seven and nine years old. When children reached the age of nine, the Little Octobrists would join an organization named, “The Young Pioneers”. Groups of five Octobrists would be called “little stars” and they would be led by a Pioneer from the “Young Pioneers”. All of the octobrists would wear a ruby-colored five-pointed star badge. The badge had a portrait of Vladimir Lenin as a child. In the adult world, the Octobrist party was a liberal, reformist, constitutionalist political party in Imperial Russisa. It was moderately right wing and anti-revolutionary. I have been unable to determine when the Octobrist movement ended. This photograph appears to be from the 1970’s and I do not know if the youth movement was still active at that point in time. This photograph measures about 3 1/2″ x 6″ and is in very good condition (see scans). Note the crease in the top right hand corner of the border.


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  1. She has to be the most beautiful little girl I’ve ever seen. I wonder what she was like as a teen, young adult, middle aged, as an older lady. And your information is impeccable as usual. Thank you!

  2. Octobrist movement ended in early 1990s

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