Ca. 1910s. Seventeen loose gelatin silver photographs, each ca. 17x23 cm (6 ¾ x 8 ¾ in). Three photos with pencil captions in Russian on verso. One photo with a tear on the corner neatly repaired; overall a very good collection of interesting strong images.
Rare original photographs of a construction site on Cape Bailov (Baku), possibly an auxiliary building to the Bibi-Eybat electric plant (built in 1901). The photos show different states of construction in summer and winter, the shores of the Bay of Baku with boats and steamers and portray workers and engineers. Two photos feature a sailor in the uniform of the “Kars” steamship, which joined the Russian naval fleet on the Caspian Sea in 1911. One of the photos has an extensive pencil note on verso detailing the history of the “Kars’” naval service. The distant shore of the Bay of Baku on one of the photos shows the building of the Russian “Kavkaz i Merkuriy” steamship company which operated on the Caspian Sea and Volga and Kama Rivers. Overall an interesting collection showing the development in the area next to the modern-day port of Baku in the early 20th century.