Post cards from pre-WWI Russia #russia #general

Israel P

I have several photographs of unidentified children that look for all the world to be pre-WWI Russia. But the backs say "post card," "place stamp here" etc in English.
How do I reconcile this?
Israel Pickholtz

Sarah L Meyer

Is it possible that they were immigrant children and the photos were taken in NY or Chicago in a studio that was set up to look like the old country?
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Ava (Sherlock) Cohn

These are real photo postcards and would need to be first identified and dated to tell if they are in fact pre-WW1 cards and from Russia.  Without seeing the actual fronts and backs of the cards it isn't possible to give a definite answer. However, most postcards were printed in Germany prior to 1915. Every country had its own postal regulations for the design of their cards but the presence of English written letters on the cards isn't necessarily an indication of where the card was produced. Imperial Russia belonged to the Universal Postcard Union and would have had more than one country's name printed on the card. But, even then, there were independent producers that did not have markings on the cards. You can see that this is a complicated question and more information is needed to properly answer it.
Ava (Sherlock) Cohn
Barrington, IL

M Tobiasiewicz

I have post cards from Poland around 1900 with pictures of either family and friends on front. It was cheaper then (as it is now) to send a post card than it was to send a letter. So they  sent the photo a a post card. In my case, the people are too far away to make out details on their faces. I assume my grandparents knew who they were.
Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine