Wednesday, August 24, 2016


When Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, they launched what arguably became the bloodiest conflict in history between two nations - a true "total war." One aspect of the Soviet war effort against the Germans was their civilian resistance - the "partisans." Overall the number of Soviet partisans numbered in the hundreds of thousands. This set of photos shows a few of them.

 A Belarusian partisan nurse waits out the night in a secluded cabin with two 
wounded partisans, Brest Region, Belarus, Soviet Union. 23 December 1943
 A Soviet Army soldier teaches Russian partisans how to operate a 
Browning Hi-Power handgun during Operation Barbarossa, the initial 
German advance into the Soviet Union. Near Smolensk, 23 August 1941
 After heavy combat with the Germans in the town of Karachev, a Soviet partisan cries with his two sisters after learning their parents had been killed by the Germans. September 1943
 Lithuanian partisan Sara Ginaite-Rubinson, armed with an M38 Carbine
 M. Nikolaevna, a Russian member of a kolkhoz (collective farm), bids goodbye 
to her son Ivan before he joins the partisans. Pskov, Soviet Union. March 1942
 Partisan guerrilla commander and head priest at the church in village Vidon, Leningrad oblast, Mefody Belov shakes hands in farewell with his daughter Rufina, herself a partisan fighter.
 Partisan sniper Kuzma Zhakarov posing for the camera. Soviet Union, 1943
 Partisans happily reconnect in the forest, having previously believed the others had been killed. The group are from the Molotava Brigade, a partisan group made up mostly of escaped Soviet Army POWs. The woman pictured is Faigel “Faye” Lazebnik Schulman, a Jewish woman born in the small shtetl of Lenin, Poland (destroyed during the war, former location in present day Belarus). Schulman had studied photography and was only one of about 27 of the nearly 2,000 Jews not executed during the German destruction of the Lenin Ghetto near Pinsk. Schulman was spared by the Germans initially because she was the only professional photographer left in the area and was made to develop photographs and take photographic portraits of German soldiers and officers. In 1942, Schulman fled into the Naliboki forest with her camera equipment and joined the Molotova Brigade. For two years in the forests she photographed the partisan’s activities, worked as a medical aid and participated in the partisan’s raids, despite the brigade itself often harboring anti-Semitic sentiments. Naliboki forest, Belarus. December 1944. Photograph by Faye Schulman.
 Russian insurgents of one of the many partisan units meet up in Bryansk 
before an action against German military targets. The partisan on the 
right carries a captured German MP-38 submachine gun. February 1943
 Russian partisan near Stalingrad
[a propaganda photo if I've ever seen one]
 Russian partisans prepare to execute a former partisan, who switched to being an informant and traitor, by firing squad. Kursk Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. ca. October 1943
Russian women partisans

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Painter Collection

Grading ground for new college building, Arlington [Mississippi]
 Modoc levee break from north end
 Mules in front of store
Picture taken on old river. Sunday of Baptising
Trip to Port Royal to see hole in levee

Monday, August 22, 2016

Eugène Trutat

 At Lys, vicinity of Luchon, September 1899
Carabinieri in the port of Vénasque, 12 August 1892
 Mlle. Babion and her teacher, Luchon, dairy, September 5, 1895
Toboggan, posed by Paul Tapie, Luchon, January 1909

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Vintage Maine

Grace G. and Grace Parker at Lake City, September 1900
 Group of family and friends of Theresa Babb having a picnic on Ogier Point in July 1900
 Porter & Buchanan crowd, August 1898
 Talbot house and children
The schooner "Maggie Alice" docked behind another coaster 
at the lumberyard or lime kiln in Camden in August 1900

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Edward Lee Luce

This collection contains glass plate negatives of Martha's Vineyard subjects, photographed by Edward Lee Luce and collected and organized by Basil Welch.

 Ag fairgrounds
 Car in distance (Model T Ford?). Lady & girl in foreground.
 Fairgrounds, West Tisbury. Volleyball game, Raymond barn in background.
 Gentleman in carriage, 7 Gates
North Tisbury post office with postmistress

Friday, August 19, 2016

Harry Babcock Collection

 At William Babcock's place, San Rafael. 1882
 Breaking camp at Picayune Lake. Homeward-bound. 1882
 Fishing on Picayune Lake. 1882
 Lagunitas - fishing. 1882
 Picnic at Lagunitas. 1882
 Randolph returning with our mail. 1882
 The North Fork of the Sacramento river. 1882
Village Cart. 1882

Thursday, August 18, 2016

G.G. Bain

 Good Will Delegates on La France, ca. 1920s
 Group on the deck of the French ship La Lorraine, which left New York City 
in August 1914 for its last transatlantic crossing before World War I, August 8, 1914
 Group on the deck of the French ship La Lorraine, which left New York City 
in August 1914 for its last transatlantic crossing before World War I, August 8, 1914
 Gym - Mt. Holyoke
Health hike