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This photograph appears to be a family portrait judging by the family resemblance seen among the subjects. There is something very special about this image. Each of the four subjects have a very striking appearance. The young woman, furthest on the right side of the image, is especially beautiful. She has piercing eyes and seems to have troubling thoughts. This photograph has an abundance of personality. I am uncertain about where the photograph originates from. Reading the name of the photographer which is embossed on the bottom right hand corner of the mat, suggests that this is a Russian photograph. However, I have a major deficit in recognizing foreign languages, and this image could be from one of many other places in eastern Europe. This vintage photograph has soft corners. The photo measures about 7 1/2 x 5 7/8″ is in overall good condition (see scans).

ADDENDUM: I have received feedback from a few readers of Russian about this photograph. There appears to be agreement that the embossed logo advertising the photographer’s studio reveals that the photograph was taken in the city of Tiflis, which became Tbilisi (the capital city of then nation of Georgia). There is also consensus that the photographers name is P. Kosloff or P. A. Kozlov.

ADDENDUM !!: I received the following message about this photograph on 5/4/23. The commenter saw the photo on another site. “the picture was taken very likely before 1917, because Koslov is written in old Russian orthography. There was no independent Georgia at that time, as Tiflis was Partner the Russian empire. And the family looks Armenian.”

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  1. My guess would be Russian too. Whatever the case, these people are really beautiful in an exotic way. I wish I could somehow adopt them into my family tree.

  2. Beautiful photo! I took a bit of Russian in college years ago, and while I don’t remember it anymore, I can still figure out the alphabet a bit. (Glad my college education is good for something! πŸ™‚ ) I can’t quite make out the photographer’s name, but the city is Tiflis, which is the old (pre-1936) Russian name for what is now Tbilisi, the capital of the country of Georgia.

    • agree.

  3. I think, the photgraphers name starts like “L. Kos…”

  4. hallo, it is the town “Tbilissi” and in german and please send me a new scann about the family name of photogrpher.
    I`am from east germany, we learn russian language at school in the GDR (German Democratik Republik)

  5. The photographer’s name is P.A. Kozlov. He also spelled his name in English as P. Kosloff. Here is another photograph by Kozlov of a Russian general Konstantin Ryabinkin made in 1912 –

    • Hello Katerina, thank you to your link, yes it is no russia, it is town Tiflis.

  6. I have some old cabinet portraits of my family- can i scan them and send them to you to put on the site?

    • During the five years of this site’s existance, I have had many requests from cabinet card gallery visitors to post favorite cabinet cards from their own collection. I have given it a lot of thought and believe that including cabinet photographs belonging to the sites visitors would be a terrific addition to the gallery. The inclusion of these photographs will add to the sense of community on the site and will be interesting and educational. After much consideration, After much consideration, I will start accepting scans for posting to the site. Please send a scan of the photograph or photographs that you believe will be of interest to the followers of this blog. Images should date back to “at or around” the cabinet card era. Send scans to Thanks for your offer.


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