National Geographic : 1926 Nov
(A Photograph ©Dr. Orrin S.Wightman RUSSIA'S MARRIAGE MART ON THE VOLGA Nizhni Novgorod not only is a market where each year hundreds of thousands gather to barter and sellthe goods and products ofallRussia, butit is a marriage mart as well. Youths and maidens are brought here to meet each other at numerous social affairs with thehope that successful matches may be arranged. Dowries are settled upon and all details taken care of either by professional matrimonialagents orby"amateur" matchmakers, gen erally relatives.