The Big Caucasus [1930s]: Georgia, Azerbaidjan, Armenia, Stavropol' and Krasnodar regions

The region stretches for about 1,200 kilometres or 750 mi from west-northwest to east-southeast, between the Taman Peninsula of the Black Sea to the Absheron Peninsula of the Caspian Sea: from the Western Caucasus in the vicinity of Sochi on the northeastern shore of the Black Sea and reaching nearly to Baku on the Caspian. The Western Caucasus, from the Black Sea to Mount Elbrus. The Central Caucasus, from Mount Elbrus to Mount Kazbek. The Eastern Caucasus, from Mount Kazbek to the Caspian Sea.
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Loofah sponge seller, 1938. Black Sea coast. Sukhumi. Abkhazia-Georgia, ex-USSR.

Loofah sponge seller, 1938. Black Sea coast. Sukhumi. Abkhazia-Georgia, ex-USSR.

Collective farm fair in Tiflis, 1932. Here was the collective farm marketplace for fresh foods. Georgia, Tbilisi

Collective farm fair in Tiflis, 1932. Here was the collective farm marketplace for fresh foods. Georgia, Tbilisi

Restaurant veranda on Mount Mtatsminda, 1938. On Holy Mountain are the Church of Saint David Mamadaviti, the necropolis and pantheon of social activists, and the tomb of the writer Alexander Griboedov. Tbilisi, Georgia.

Restaurant veranda on Mount Mtatsminda, 1938. On Holy Mountain are the Church of Saint David Mamadaviti, the necropolis and pantheon of social activists, and the tomb of the writer Alexander Griboedov. Tbilisi, Georgia.

Tractor driver Gudu Shauri and brigadier Kote, 1937. Rural location. Georgia.

Tractor driver Gudu Shauri and brigadier Kote, 1937. Rural location. Georgia.

On the basketball court, 1938. A Lokomotiv Tbilisi club practice. The club was founded in 1936m and before the Second World War was the strongest team in Georgia. Tbilisi

On the basketball court, 1938. A Lokomotiv Tbilisi club practice. The club was founded in 1936m and before the Second World War was the strongest team in Georgia. Tbilisi

Ancient Mr. Gvianishvili speaking with children, 1937. He was 125 years old, a confederate of Arsen of Tbilisi in the early 19th century. Georgia

Ancient Mr. Gvianishvili speaking with children, 1937. He was 125 years old, a confederate of Arsen of Tbilisi in the early 19th century. Georgia

Youth with grapes, 1938. Kardanakhi village. In 2013 UNESCO designated the Kakhetian “qvevri” method of making wine an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Kakhetia, Georgia

Youth with grapes, 1938. Kardanakhi village. In 2013 UNESCO designated the Kakhetian “qvevri” method of making wine an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Kakhetia, Georgia

Baku constructivism, 1938. Palace of the Press Azerneshr building, by architect S. Pen. Baku, Azerbaidjan

Baku constructivism, 1938. Palace of the Press Azerneshr building, by architect S. Pen. Baku, Azerbaidjan

Dark Row, 1938. The covered portion of the Verkhnyi bazaar, extending from the Minaret of Dzhuma to the Shamakhi gate and Caravan Saray. Azerbaidjan, Baku

Dark Row, 1938. The covered portion of the Verkhnyi bazaar, extending from the Minaret of Dzhuma to the Shamakhi gate and Caravan Saray. Azerbaidjan, Baku

Shepherds having a smoke, 1938. Rural location, Azerbaidjan

Shepherds having a smoke, 1938. Rural location, Azerbaidjan

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