In Central Asia, the use of postcards as both document and personal remembrance represented a natural extension
of the series photographs by artists such as Hordet and Pankratiev. In previous years, series photographs such as
cabinet cards of the “sights” of Central Asia, were purchased as souvenirs of journeys or longer stays in Central Asia.
The tropes of the series postcards that followed were virtually identical to the series photographs: bazaars, native wares,
eating houses, spectacles, fairs and entertainers, and compositions including anonymous but colorfully dressed
Central Asian peoples before a monumental building or a shrine.

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