Another hidden treasure of Kandalaksha: The Garkotin Publishing House

34This typical 1950s house is occupied by one of several of Kandalaksha’s puplishers, Vasily Garkotin. Alexandra ran into him in her search for an A3 size scanner needed to preserve a pre-war map of older Kandalaksha (see the “Japan” district) for posterity. It turned out that the owner, Mr. Garkotin, was an enthusiast for keeping and restoring the past too, and something of a museum is hiding in this standard cottage.

I will not inflict any more of my barbaric English on you but borrow and share a few photos from Alexandr’a LiveJournal instead.

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Above: The boss’ office. Restored furniture, and the layout is typical 1880s.

Blow: Vasily Garkonin, a journalist and a photographer turned publisher, himself.

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Above: The ancient camera on the tripod works.

Below: Type sets from one of Kandalaksha’s older papers.

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Above: This binding press was resqued from a pile of scrap metal in exchange from two bottles of vodka. Collectors relax: since then vodka losts its appeal and price, and most of even the most backward of muzhiks have an idea of the value of things.

Below: A typical wood stove, still very common in the area.

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Below: A room dedicated to the Soviet period.

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Below: Kandalaksha artists.

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Below: A bound collection of Kandalaksha papers starting 1949.

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Another hidden treasure of Kandalaksha: The Garkotin Publishing House — 1 Comment

  1. It’s sad that good people and beautiful scenes or objects not stimulate Pasha’s creativity and imagination while things ugly certainly do, and he write with much more energy about the latter.

    Pasha,

    Please add that this house is open to visitors. Photography and filming is welcomed. Everythin to make history and beauty accessible to people.

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