Scenes from Russia’s revolutionary past

More than 500 antiquated plates, sitting in a shoe box left over from the travels of San Jose resident Barbara Hoffmann’s grandfather, chronicle Russia’s turbulent civil war.

From reporter Thomas Curwen:

Anton Orlov held one of the glass plates to the light. The hand-colored image seemed to glow.

Two soldiers in long brown coats, rifles over their shoulders, stood with their backs to the camera. A trolley rushed out of the frame. A small patch of sky held a delicate blue wash, and red banners with yellow letters hung from the sides of a building.

Orlov swore he recognized the building. It had granite garlands above the windows and carved figures supporting the corbels beneath the balcony. He knew it from when he lived in Moscow.

Read more on Orlov’s discovery, and take a trip through Russia’s past, here.

Photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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