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Item# 19725
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1950's Personal Photo Album of a Soviet Northern Fleet Sailor.
With an unusual hand decorated cover and a water color frontispiece.

The owner fabricated a representation if the Soviet naval flag out of plastic and paint that he fastened to the blue velvet album cover. Cut into the flag are openings for two photos which seem to be one of the owner when he first joined the Northern Fleet in 1955 and one taken shortly before he left the naval service four years later in 1959. At the base of the flag is a carefully cut out copper representation of the type of ship he sailed on (a corvette-like vessel). Inside the front of the album is a water color "

With an unusual hand decorated cover and a water color frontispiece.

The owner fabricated a representation if the Soviet naval flag out of plastic and paint that he fastened to the blue velvet album cover. Cut into the flag are openings for two photos which seem to be one of the owner when he first joined the Northern Fleet in 1955 and one taken shortly before he left the naval service four years later in 1959. At the base of the flag is a carefully cut out copper representation of the type of ship he sailed on (a corvette-like vessel). Inside the front of the album is a water color "frontispiece" showing the same type of warship at sea along with the words "Of naval service" in Russian and the dates "1955-1959".

The sailor originally assembled his album cover using three tiny screws, one of which was lost to time and either he or a family member replaced it with with a bent over nail; unfortunately, the part of the nail that was exposed on the inside of the cover scraped against the water color frontispiece over the years in one or two areas. The image is still quite striking in spite of the minor damage.

And, to mimic high-end albums, someone fastened five copper studs to the back to prevent the blue velvet from becoming worn.

The over one hundred and twenty-five black and white photographs in the album are primarily of friends and family members as well as a few of the places that he visited during his tour of duty (probably all Soviet ports). There are also five postcard images of Vilnius here and a few small, commercially produced photos of Moscow in the 1950's. There are a few pictures at the beginning of the album which may indicate brief submarine service and, at the end, there are photos that document the funeral of a family member. Regrettably, there are also a few spaces (less than ten) where photos are missing.

While there are perhaps as many photos of family members here as ones taken of fellow sailors (plus the postcards and the souvenir photos, too), the appeal of this album rests not so much in the selection of photos that document the owner's tour of duty but with its striking cover and frontispiece.
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