Herbert B. Russin was born in Pinsk, most likely June 14, 1892. He immigrated to the United States in 1912 as a young man and settled in New York City. He moved frequently, though he seemed to live primarily in the Bronx. During WWI Russin lived at 124 East 92nd Street. His draft registration card described him as an "artist" with brown hair, blue eyes, of medium height and slender build.
Russin's wife, Anna, emigrated from Russia to New York in 1912. In 1918 the Russins had a daughter, Jeanette.
Russin's oil paintings tended toward portraits. In 1925 Russin, living at 2275 Bassford Avenue, exhibited with the Society of Independent Artists and showed two paintings: Fruit P
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