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 Poltava Province, created in 1802, and located in part of present-day Ukraine. Poltava was the administrative center of the province, and is one of the oldest cities in Ukraine. The card indicates that the distance from Poltava to St. Petersburg was 1,463½ versts, and from Poltava to Moscow, 850¼ 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