This photo postcard likely dates to the final years of Imperial Russia (1910-1917). It came to me from modern-day St. Petersburg. The back has some standard lettering but no personal information:
I’m guessing that this family is at their dacha, or summer house in the country, because of the trees in the background. Their year-round home was probably in a village or town. They may have been kulaks, or prosperous farmers, but that’s pure speculation on my part.
What I find most interesting about this family is the cultural divide between the generations. The parents look like characters out of one of the great 19th century Russian novels. If we saw a photo of them out of context, we might still guess they were Russian. The next generation, in contrast, looks cosmopolitan and not identifiably Russian. Their country had changed dramatically in their lifetimes, and it would change even more dramatically in the years to come.