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 Tobolsk Province, located in the west-central part of the empire. The province is bordered by the Kara Sea and Ob' Bay in the north. The map marks the areas settled by the native peoples of Siberia, such as Ostyaks and Samoeds (Nenets). Tobol'sk, the administrative center of the province, is situated at the confluence of the Irtysh and Tobol rivers. It was one of the first towns established during the early colonization of Siberia in the 1500s. The card indicates that the distance from Tobol'sk to St. Petersburg was 2,834½ versts, and from Tobol'sk to Moscow, 2,318¾ 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