07 Jul '11, 11am

Incredible Photos of Russian Peasants in the 1800s

Incredible Photos of Russian Peasants in the 1800s

Chimney sweeps were much needed at a time when almost all houses were heated by fires in hearths. Large houses may have had more than a dozen rooms with fires burning inside them. Cleaning the chimneys was a filthy job, and, as was tradition in many countries, chimney sweeps hired boys who could climb and forced them to go up the often deadly shafts. Getting stuck up a chimney was the kind of occupational hazard few today can conceive of. Yet life was still tough for the peasants. They made their living working the land or were employed in unskilled jobs. The 1905 Russian Revolution may have been on the relatively distant horizon at the time these photographs were taken – in the 1860s and '70s – but the seeds of revolt had surely already been sown by the harsh living conditions in which these people were forced to live.

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