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 Yaroslavl Province, located in the western part of the empire. The Volga River flows through the province, dividing it into northern and southern parts. Yaroslavl', one of the oldest Russian cities, was the administrative center. The card indicates that the distance from Yaroslavl' to St. Petersburg was 741¾ versts, and from Yaroslavl' to Moscow, 241½ 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