pp.: photos. 25,5x34 cm. Leather covers tied with a string. Fine.
The travel album of Czech professor Ilek Bohuslav who traveled to USSR in July of 1936 with Intourist. The album includes the photographs and postcards bought on the way and dedicated mostly to the southern part of USSR, Georgia and Ukraine, including Crimea.
There’s a certain design in the album, the colorful lines are added to underline the certain photo compositions.
Every chapter is dedicated to one city and often starts with the Intourist postcard.
The cities are Leningrad, Moscow, Rostov, Kharkiv, Ordzhonikidze (Vladikavkaz), rural Caucasus, Tbilisi, Batum, Yalta, Sevastopol, Odessa. Most of the photos are of architecture with the particular detail to the newly built constructions and the churches.
The images include the horse carriage next to a constructivist building in Leningrad, street parades and children’s handmade decorations in Moscow, the ethnographical photos in Vladikavkaz showing the locals, also different locals in Tbilisi, including the image of the monk, the captain of the ship that took the traveler from Batumi to Yalta (Crimea), the beach dwellers in Crimea and Odessa, the shoe-repairer in Yalta, the image of the food court inside of the church in Livadia (Crimea), the images of port workers in Sebastopol, church sermon in Kiev.
The typescript summary of the trip is included at the end of the album in Czech.