The Finnish board of museums (Museovirasto) has an interesting internet exhibition of "A Thousand Unknown People" (Tuhat Tuntematonta) on old photographs. Among these photographs of ordinary and not-so-ordinary Finns through the ages (and their pets) are a few chirayliqs, too.
Tadao Watanabe is one of the "unknowns" who has been identified by attentive visitors. He was a Lutheran missionary who married a Finn, Siiri Pitkänen. I have written about them earlier.
This couple has not been identified, but we know that they are Tatars. The photo was dedicated to "Mrs Aishä Ishakova from Höseyin Abudarov" in March 21, 1913.
So, what did the Finns look like 100-80 years ago? Any blond and blue-eyed chirayliq candidates?
This gentleman looks strikingly similar to the Tatar man above.
I always find that Finns look Scandinavian, but a special kind of Scandinavian, if you know what I mean.
This guy looks like Andy from my comic Goldenbird. After a bourgeois makeover, to be sure.
Finns and Russians just happen to be neighbours, they have nothing else in common... Just coincidence upon coincidence... Let's not jump to conclusions...
Soldier boys trying to look tough. Same as everywhere...
But I think these guys, who were working for the national railways, are my favourites.