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 Kostroma Province, located in the western part of the empire. Kostroma is situated at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma rivers. Founded in 1152, Kostroma is one of the oldest Russian cities, and was the administrative center of the province. The card indicates that the distance from Kostroma to St. Petersburg was 805¾ versts, and from Kostroma to Moscow, 305 versts. A vest 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: June 3, 2015