Young woman, probably from Estonia

By: usermattw

Jan 23 2013

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Category: Women


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What it is:

Carte de visite (or CDV-sized cabinet card) measuring 2.5 x 4.25 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is K. Schultz (or Schulz or Shultz, or however it might be transliterated in this case) of Yuryev (see below).


This is the fourth of four photos I bought at an antiques store this weekend.  The town here is Yuryev, which is the former name of the Estonian town of Tartu and the former name of the Ukrainian town of Bila Tserkva.  But as far as I can tell, it was an ancient name of the Ukrainian town, whereas it was the name of the Estonian town until 1918,  so I’m going to place my bets on Estonia.  I think she has an intriguing face, so delicate, yet seeming to mask something deeper.

4 comments on “Young woman, probably from Estonia”

  1. She is beautiful. Reminds me of a gorgeous friend of mine.

  2. Hello! Most likely the photographer is Carl Schulz from Tartu (german – Dorpat, russian – Yuryev) . Sadovaya 3 is in Russian and means Garden street – parallel name was in Estonian Aia str (same meaning). Now its is Vanemuise str. This part of town was destroyed during WWII, so now there are only new buildings. Tartu is my home town and spmehow it is pretty strange to think that my ancestors could meet this young woman or may have been photographed by Carl Schulz and now you post it from God knows where (from my viewpoint of course )

    • Hi Ivar, thank you for visiting my site and providing all this information! I took just enough Russian in college to be able to decipher the alphabet without really being able to read it anymore, and with the way cities keep changing names and nationalities as history marches through, it can be a challenge to figure out what is what. I know exactly what you mean about the weird connections like this, how the woman here might have known your ancestors, and how this photo from your home town has ended up in a seemingly random location and in some way circled back to you. I love the internet for that.

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