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Photograph of revolutionaries - Identification of uniforms
« on: March 21, 2013, 07:10:11 AM »


Hello,
I am currently writing a book on the revolutionary postcards produced during the 1905 Uprising.  The attached image dates from around 1905, and almost certainly depicts three revolutionaries, possibly SRs.  Can anyone help with identification of their uniforms?  Also, if anyone has any clue as to their identities, please do let me know.
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Tobie

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Re: Photograph of revolutionaries - Identification of uniforms
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 10:17:37 AM »
Wikipedia has a good list of some of the more high profile Russian revolutionaries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Russian_revolutionaries

And there is a sub-category for SRs on the page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Socialist-Revolutionary_Party_members

I clicked on the names of each from the latter, most of whom have pictures or at least can be found elsewhere by typing their names in on Google. I didn't find anyone who was a dead ringer for any of the three in this photo of yours. It's a little harder to tell what the man on the left looks like with his head down, but even still, no luck.

Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right...

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Re: Photograph of revolutionaries - Identification of uniforms
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 01:46:03 PM »
Thank you, I'm fairly sure that none of those depicted were at the vanguard of the revolution, certainly there is no similarity to any the usual suspects from this era.  Further to this, I presume that they're wearing some form of student uniform, so are unlikely to have been full-time revolutionaries as such.  The only (flippant) connection I can make is with regards to the chap on the right who bears an uncanny similarity to Alexander Blok!

My suspicions that they're SR are not based in concrete fact, more of a hunch founded on the fact that depictions of contemporary Socialist Democrats are extremely rare, in fact apart from the martyred Bauman (RSDLPb), Plekhanov (RSDLPm), and the odd picture of Trotsky (RSDLPm/non-aligned/b), they're really aren't very many others - for example the first images of Lenin only appeared in postcard form after Nov. 1917.

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Re: Photograph of revolutionaries - Identification of uniforms
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013, 02:15:48 PM »
Saying by their light blue colar tabs and lack of shoulder boards, the two guys at the sides are most probably university students. It might help looking at a larger image.