This early-19th century playing card is from a set of 60 such cards, each devoted to a different province or territory of the Russian Empire, which at the time included the Grand Duchy of Finland, Congress Poland, and Russian America. One side of each card shows the local costume and the provincial coat of arms; the other side contains a map. This card depicts Ekaterinoslav Province, located in the western part of the empire, in present-day Ukraine. To the south, the province borders on the Sea of Azov. Ekaterinoslav (present-day Dnipropetrovsk) was the administrative center of the province. The city was founded on the southern bank of the Dnieper River in 1786 and named in honor of Catherine the Great. The card indicates that the distance from Ekaterinoslav to St. Petersburg was 1,644¼ versts, and from Ekaterinoslav to Moscow, 924½ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.
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9.5 x 6.5 centimeters. Color lithograph
Last updated: May 24, 2017