These old photographs were taken by Mr. Ernest Chantre, assistant-director of the Museum of Lyon (France) in 1881. During his travels, as seen in the map above, he collected pictures of many different ethnic groups for scientific and medical purposes, among others pictures of Armenian residents of the Old Tiflis (Tbilis, capitol of Georgia).
Armenians at the time formed the majority population of Tiflis. In the course of the 19th century the largest ethnic group of Tbilisi were Armenians, who, at some point, formed 74.3% of the population. Bellow are some of the pictures of Armenians from Tiflis.