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Windmills in Ialutorovsk County
Wooden mills using wind-power to grind wheat and rye are photographed in the middle of summer on the vast Siberian plain in rural Ialutorovsk county in Western Siberia.

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
Mills in Ialutorovsk Uyezd of
Tobol´sk Province, 1912.
Digital color rendering.
Prints and Photographs Division
(LC-DIG-ppmsc-03965) (23)

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The Bakalskii Mine
The Ural Mountain region is noted for the richness of its iron deposits and ores. The Bakaly hills, in the area outside the city of Ekaterinburg, provide the locale for a small-scale family mining operation.

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
Work at the Bakalskii Mine Pit, 1910.
Digital color rendering.
Prints and Photographs Division
(LC-DIG-ppmsc-04428) (34)
Russia would have eventually grown into a real world power had the Bolsheviks not destroyed that grand land with their awful laws and extreme brutality.