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Postcards from «Series 10» by the publisher Alexei Genegar (Moscow)

A variety of publishers produced Christmas cards in series. For instance, the owner of Moscow photolithography and photozincography companies Alexei Genegar, during the First World War, issued not less than two such sets, each of which consisted of 6 cards.

But if «Series 12» is based on realistic scenes of the front life, «Series 10 » is a Christmas fantasy. Even an old peasant, with a Christmas tree in the hands, looks something mysterious. Imagine other postcards from series: a boy in the snow, who leads a donkey carrying a Christmas tree; caroling bears walking from a village; wild animals around a decorated Christmas tree standing among thick forests...

By the way, four decades later, there were certain parallels in Soviet New Year's cards which readily portrayed bears, foxes, squirrels and leverets decorating a Christmas tree in the forest or bustling about other New Year's cares.


[Caroling Bears] : postcard. - Moscow : Alexei Genegar's publisher, [between 1914 and 1917]. - Coloured autotype ; 13,7х8,9 cm. - (Series 10 ; 3).
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[Wolves around a Christmas Tree in the Forest] : postcard. - Moscow : Alexei Genegar's publisher, [between 1914 and 1917]. - Coloured autotype ; 13,7х8,9 cm. - (Series 10 ; 6).
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[With a Christmas Tree] : postcard. - Moscow : Alexei Genegar's publisher, [between 1914 and 1917]. - Coloured autotype ; 8,9х13,7 cm. - (Series 10 ; 2).
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[Hares around a Christmas Tree in the Forest] : postcard. - Moscow : Alexei Genegar's publisher, [between 1914 and 1917]. - Coloured autotype ; 13,7х8,9 cm. - (Series 10 ; 1).
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[To the city with Christmas trees] : postcard. - Moscow : Alexei Genegar's publisher, [between 1914 and 1917]. - Coloured autotype ; 8,7х13,7 cm. - (Series 10 ; 4).
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[Foxes around a Christmas Tree in the Forest] : postcard. - Moscow : Alexei Genegar's publisher, [between 1914 and 1917]. - Coloured autotype ; 8,7х13,7 cm. - (Series 10 ; 5).
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