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Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - Russian
Approval Date: 8/4/2013 4:26 PM
Family Surname:
Country: Russia
Date of Image: unknown
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There is writing on this signed photograph, some of which is obscured by the dark clothing. I believe it is Russian. If any one can suggest what might be written there, it might help me identify something about the person.

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8/5/2013 8:31 AM The writing is in Russian. After enlarging, playing with brightness and struggling with handwriting here is most of the text(transliteration and translation). I am guessing the surnames:
Milomu i silnomu(?) nashemu
To our lovely and strong

Isaaku Koliakovu
Isaak Koliakov

Ot predannogo
from devoted

Sergeya Kusenitzkovo
Sergey Kusenitzki
8/5/2013 10:56 AM That is an autographed photo of the famous Russian Jewish composer Serge Koussevitsky (1874-1951). See this page for the same image:

http://www.classical.net/music/guide/society/krs/koussrc2.php

DId your family have a connection to him?
8/8/2013 11:27 PM One correction: the name of the man to whom the photograph is inscribed is Isaac Polyakov. A quick Russian-language search brought this link: http://www.jewage.org/wiki/ru/Profile:P1875470238

Translation:
Born 1873 (one year older than Koussevitzky)
Died March 25, 1937, Nice, France
Parents: Lazar Polyakov, Rosalia Vydrina

Was on the executive committee and board of directors of the Moscow Timber & Logging Partnership, which with the help of the Moscow Land Bank was buying timber estates.

Russian Wikipedia http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Поляков
mentions "Polyakov, Isaak Lazarevich, Russian banker"

There is also a Joseph (Iosif) Lazarevich Poliakoff (1877-1960), born in Russia, inventor who emigrated to London and founded Multitone Electric. I tried but was unable to find any evidence that they might be brothers.




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