Orenburg Province


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 Orenburg Province, located in the southwestern part of the empire. The province borders the “steppe of the nomad Kirgiz,” part of present-day Kazakhstan. Ufa, the administrative center of the province, is situated at the confluence of the Belaia and Ufa rivers. The card indicates that the distance from Ufa to St. Petersburg was 2,064¾ versts, and from Ufa to Moscow, 1,345 versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.

Last updated: June 3, 2015