1932. Oblong Large Octavo album (ca. 15x23,5 cm). 32 card stock leaves. With 31 mounted gelatin silver photographs, from ca. 11x17 cm (4 ¼ x 6 ¾ in) to ca. 9x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). All photos with period ink captions in cursive Cyrillic on the mounts, the first leaf with a handwritten title. Period black faux leather album fastened with a string. Hand-painted Persian miniature scene ca. 9x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in) mounted onto the front board. Several images with mild silvering, but overall a very good album of strong interesting images.
Historically significant rare photograph album dedicated to one of the joint Soviet-Persian trade companies which flourished in the 1920s, encouraged by the support of the USSR’s New Economic Policy (NEP). A rare survival as these enterprises completely disappeared by the mid-1930s, as both countries gravitated towards dictatorship. The album’s compiler was most likely a Soviet associate of the company which imported dried fruits from Iran to the USSR. The first page records the company’s name as “Joint-Stock Company “Pchela” (“Bee”), and one of the photos shows boxes of dried apricots the painted signs on the sides in Latin and Cyrillic – “PersKomp Т-ь.”The photos show the harvesting, processing, and packing of apricots and raisins in the company’s facilities in Tabriz and around, in the modern-day East Azerbaijan Province of Iran. Interesting images include a group portrait of four administrators (one is a Russian) in the main office in Tabriz, several other Tabriz facilities (warehouses, sorting and packing rooms, “garden No. 2”), workers (often women and sometimes also children) “weighing apricots,” transporting packaging materials, washing raisins, posing next to a smoking barn, resting at a break, drying apricots and raisins, etc. About a dozen photos show the operations in other locations - Osku, “Dekharkan” and “Kasjavan” – receiving apricots, weighing and cutting them, washing trays in a pond, drying and smoking apricots on trays, piling apricot pits, building boxes, etc. There is also a view of warehouses in “Dekharkan” and portraits of the company’s administrators posing next to their car “on the way to Osku.” Overall an interesting original source on Soviet-Persian trade relations in the early 1930s.
Price: $1,500.00 USD