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 Omsk Province, located in the west-central part of the empire. The province borders China to the southeast, and the “Land of the Kazakhs” (part of the present-day Republic of Kazakhstan) to the west. Omsk, the administrative center of the province, is situated at the confluence of the Irtysh and Om rivers. The card indicates that the distance from Omsk to St. Petersburg was 3,426 versts, and from Omsk to Moscow, 2,910¼ 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: June 3, 2015